Here’s How to Grasp the Fundamentals of Today’s Physics (Videos)

Quantum Mechanics Simplified. (Screenshot/Youtube)
Quantum Mechanics Simplified. (Screenshot/Youtube)

These 4 TED-Ed Lessons can help anyone grasp the fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics.

They were presented by Chad Orzel, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College. Chad says he can even teach your dog this stuff. He’s even written a book about that titled How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog.

1. Particles and waves: Whats the difference?

Everything in the universe is matter as it all behaves like both a particle and a wave at the same time.

2. Schrödinger’s cat

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger asked this question: ‘If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? Here’s Orzel’s explanation.

3. Einstein’s brilliant mistake: Entangled states

Even Einstein got it wrong sometimes, but one of his misunderstandings became one of his greatest contributions. Orzel takes us through Einstein’s “EPR” paper on entangled states.

4. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that you can never simultaneously know the exact position and the exact speed of an object. Orzel lays out in simple fashion why that’s the case.

You just know this is not the final word on Quantum Mechanics; check out VisionTimes as we bring you more on these topics.

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