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Author:Ivars Peterson - Science News Online
Description: Sorting out quantum chaos in the microwave lab: The rectangle and the (rounded) stadium have long served as geometric playing fields for theorists studying differences between regular and chaotic motion. They can readily calculate sample trajectories to investigate the details of different types of behavior. Researchers can also use these geometries as models for investigating the link between the classical mechanics of billiard balls and tables and the quantum mechanics of the microscopic world of atoms and electrons...

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Mechanics of Particle Systems, Quantum Theory

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