Quantum Mechanics—Part 1: Crash Course Physics #43

How can light be both a particle and a wave? With characteristics of each, the idea of light can be confusing. A lesson in the Crash Course physics series introduces scholars to quantum mechanics and how scientists use it to understand light. Instruction includes the photoelectric effect and wave-particle duality.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an introduction to quantum mechanics
  • Incorporate examples from the video in a lesson presentation 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual Internet access if assigning for independent viewing

  • Allows learners to stop and replay the presentation, so they can watch it at their own pace
  • Presenter's passion makes the video more engaging and interesting to students

  • None