Quantum Quiz #1

Since the quizzes I post seem to be quite popular and my readership exhibits distressing signs of intelligence, despite their efforts to hide it, I have decided to try something quite ambitious.

A quiz on Quantum Mechanics.

I have been give nine questions by my non-blogging friend, Cybe. He who reads books on string theory for the entertainment value. I look at Britney Spears photos for educational purposes.

To avoid unnecessary brain explosions (and to make things last a little linger, I am going to ask three questions at a time. On Saturdays.

Answers will appear on Tuesdays (I hope)

I’m actually posting all three sets of questions today but I’ll be trying out WordPress’s rather neat “planned publishing” gizmo.

Here are the first three questions.

1. In quantum physics who was uncertain and about what was he uncertain?

2. Of what use is a cat? (will accept either of two answers)

3. There’s an identity crisis on the sub-atomic level. What can’t
decide upon what it actually is?

With thanks to the Cybe R. Wizard

I am having a quiet chuckle at the moment. My “Britney Spears: tag has meant that this post appears on all the Spears Splogs – just as well no one reads them or they would be most confused.

9 Responses

  1. Blogspot has pulled its scheduled posting out of beta and made it avaialble for the common blogger.

    Great minds and all of that.

    Speaking of great minds, I have no clue, but those don’t seem relevant.

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  2. The Scheduled posting thing is wonderful :)

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  3. I only know about no. 2 – Where is one supposed to answer this without giving the game away too soon? Angela.

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  4. awww… and #2 is my FAVORITE… you might want to look carefully at the first photo in THIS POST

    Being a former physics major, I will also not give the game away to others … :)

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  5. #1 Heisenerg: In quantum physics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle is the statement that locating a particle in a small region of space makes the momentum of the particle uncertain; and conversely, that measuring the momentum of a particle precisely makes the position uncertain.

    #2 Schrödinger’s cat, often described as a paradox, is a thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger around 1935. It attempts to illustrate what he saw as the problems of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics when it is applied beyond just atomic or subatomic systems.

    #3 It doesn’t matter.

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  6. @ Angela, I don’t think there is a way to hide the answers – I guess it is the sort of quiz done for personal satisfaction. Having said that, I will do some study and find out if I can present them in a different way – although the standard internet thing is a multiple choice which would not really be suitable in this sort of exam-type thing.

    @ Kate, Thank you – I loved the cat, btw :)

    @ Philipa – I guess you have let the – um – cat out of the bag – But what is the second of the two possible answers to #2?

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  7. Thanks Ærchie, I will know in future just to post my answers. Oh and I too passed the maths test with flying colours btw! :)

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  8. You may want to give passes on the second answer for number 2 as it isn’t really /quantum/ physics that is involved, but only plain and simple physics.

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  9. @ Angela, Go ahead, this is just a personal satisfaction thing – unlike the BBC Quiz of the Week (On Fridays) which is do or die stuff with a dunces cap to go with it!

    @ Cybe, Hmmm – true, but would Quantum Physics have evolved without telephones and other electric and electronic forms of communications?

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