Schrödinger's Cat: A Thought Experiment in Quantum Mechanics

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Can something be both alive and dead at the same time? According to quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger, the answer is yes. Watch this short video to learn how the wave and particle nature of all matter allows objects to be in two states at once.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch video during a unit on quantum mechanics in a physics course
  • Create cross-curricular connections by viewing this video in a probability and statistics course
  • Assign as homework in your flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • This video addresses abstract concepts in quantum mechanics, making it most appropriate for AP or college physics courses
  • Resource assumes viewers have a basic understanding of physics and atomic structure
Pros

  • Engaging graphics and illustrations help to explain complex theories relating to quantum mechanics
  • Teachers are able to create customized lessons based on this video
  • A brief assessment is offered with five multiple choice and three free-response questions
Cons

  • None
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