Quantum Chemistry, Astrochemistry, and CosmochemistryIdea by Charles Umesi | added on Jun 21, 2010 12:57PM Suggestion
When is a "piece of cake", not really a piece of cake?
Using a piece of cake to illustrate the organisation of matter from that piece of cake down to crumbs, then atoms, and then the "quantum" level, a bizarre world where a piece of cake becomes a piece of Mars or some alien entity from the furthest reaches of the galaxy. Illustrate the difference between a particle and a wave in the real world using a football, a bowl of water, a person, and a population, and how this clear distinction breaks down at the level of electrons. Explain how all matter becomes indistinguishable at the quantum level. A simplistic, but effective introduction to quantum mechanics, and its central importance to chemistry and the existence of everything, including our universe, to non-scientists.
|Topic:||educating the public, inspiring young children||Audience:||general public, school children|