What is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

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Not sure how to introduce young physicists to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal? Well this short video is a great place to start, as it explains how the particle and wave nature of matter makes it impossible to know both the location and speed of any object.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After watching this video, have students write their own definitions of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and explain it to a classmate
  • Assign this video and the included assessment as a homework assignment in your flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • This video assumes students have prior knowledge about the properties of waves

  • Visual models help to demonstrate the abstract concepts discussed in the video
  • A short assessment containing five multiple choice and three free-response questions is included with the video

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