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Erwin Schrödinger: Father of the Wave Mechanical Model

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Nicholas Curtis

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Erwin Schrödinger: Father of the Wave Mechanical Model Born: August 12, 1887 in Vienna, Austria.
Died: January 4 1961 in Vienna, Austria.
Loved German poetry as a child, but decided to pursue theoretical physics.
Served during the First World War on the Italian front.
Proposed wave equation in 1926 and was given a Nobel Prize with Paul Dirac in 1933.
Complex social life: He had many mistresses, in addition to a faithful wife. Biographical Information Describes the likelihood that a particle that is behaving as a wave is in a certain place.
Only able to do this statistically, because probability was involved. This model involves orbitals, which are regions in which an electron has an 80%-90% probability of being located.
Involves 4 quantum numbers, which indicates an electron's "address".
Principal Quantum Number= Energy Level
Angular Momentum Quantum Number= Energy Sublevel
Magnetic Quantum Number= Orientation of the Orbital
Spin Quantum Number= Spin of Electron Wave Mechanical Model Schrödinger's Cat Hypothetical Experiment The wave equation statistically describes the chances that a particle acting as a wave will be in a certain place.
Main use of the equation: to describe the position of electrons.
The wave mechanical model involves orbitals and 4 different quantum numbers.
An alternate and controversial take on the quantum theory is Neil Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation. Summary How does Schrödinger's wave equation apply to atoms? Questions to Answer Biographical Information Explanation of Work Major Contribution to Atomic Theory Additional Contributions Summmary Questions to Answer Erwin as a student. Annemarie Bertel,
Schrödinger's wife. Schrödinger's Wave Equation Due to the fact that subatomic particles could also behave like waves, and that this equation's primary application was to describe the position of electrons in an atom... ...Erwin Schrödinger is considered the scientist responsible for the creation of the modern atomic theory referred to as the Quantum (Wave) Mechanical model. Though physics had interested him all of his life, he did not become engrossed in this subject on the quantum level until 1924. Soon thereafter, he read Louis de Broglie's theory on how electrons could behave as waves. This marked a major turning point in his research. In November of that same year, he gave a seminar on the work of de Broglie. One of the students who attended suggested that there should be a wave equation. In a matter of weeks, he had formed his wave equation. Two years later, he published his work on wave mechanics. Though this theory was widely accepted, not everyone agreed with it. Neil Bohr was one of these individuals, and due to his dislike of this theory, he developed the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. To demonstrate how incredibly silly Copenhagen interpretation was, Erwin performed a hypothetical experiment called "Schrödinger's Cat". Essentially, there is a 50/50 chance of the cat either being alive or dead when the box is opened. Until it is opened, the cat is said to exists in a state of limbo, being both dead and alive. This stated that in quantum experiments, the observer's interventions determine the outcome of the experiment. What is Copenhagen interpretation, and why does Schrödinger dislike it?
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