Particles and Waves: The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics

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Help young physicists make a quantum leap in their understanding of matter with this short instructional video. Tracing the early work of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, and others, this resource explains the science behind the amazing fact that everything in the universe behaves as both a particle and a wave.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • View this video during a physics unit on light and/or quantum mechanics
  • If watching this video in class, allow students to talk about the assessment questions with a partner or small group, before discussing them as a whole class
  • Assign this video and corresponding assessment as homework in your flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • To get the most out of the video, students should have a basic understanding of atomic structure

  • Video presents a complicated topic in a way that is accessible to high school physics students
  • The concepts being discussed in the video are clearly modeled with supporting animations
  • An assessment is included that offers five multiple choice and three free-response questions about the video

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