Of Particular Significance

The Quantum Wave

POSTED BY Matt Strassler

POSTED BY Matt Strassler

ON 09/04/2012

If you’ve just gotten back from vacation, perhaps after days or weeks seeking the perfect wave, well, what a treat awaits! So much reading to do, about such interesting things. I’m writing a set of articles, intended for the reader who has once-upon-a-time seen beginning physics (what we in the U.S. would call “freshman physics”, or even a good “advanced placement physics” course pre-university) with the goal of explaining what fields and particles are. Five of the seven or eight articles are done; four appeared over the last two weeks, and now there’s a new one:

  1. Ball on a Spring (Classical)
  2. Ball on a Spring (Quantum)
  3. Waves (Classical Form)
  4. Waves (Classical Equation of Motion)
  5. Waves (Quantum)the new one.

After this: an article on Fields, and then one on Particles, and maybe one more with some follow-up information.  And then, with this set complete, I’ll move on to another series of articles, about how the Higgs field works…

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