quantum mechanics


quantum mechanics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

physics : a branch of physics that deals with the structure and behavior of very small pieces of matter

Full Definition of QUANTUM MECHANICS

:  a theory of matter that is based on the concept of the possession of wave properties by elementary particles, that affords a mathematical interpretation of the structure and interactions of matter on the basis of these properties, and that incorporates within it quantum theory and the uncertainty principle —called also wave mechanics
quantum mechanical adjective
quantum mechanically adverb

First Known Use of QUANTUM MECHANICS

1922

quantum mechanics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of QUANTUM MECHANICS

: a theory of matter that is based on the concept of the possession of wave properties by elementary particles, that affords a mathematical interpretation of the structure and interactions of matter on the basis of these properties, and that incorporates within it quantum theory and the uncertainty principle—called also wave mechanics
quantum mechanical adjective
quantum mechanically adverb

quantum mechanics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of mathematical physics that deals with atomic and subatomic systems. It is concerned with phenomena that are so small-scale that they cannot be described in classical terms, and it is formulated entirely in terms of statistical probabilities. Considered one of the great ideas of the 20th century, quantum mechanics was developed mainly by Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, and Max Born and led to a drastic reappraisal of the concept of objective reality. It explained the structure of atoms, atomic nuclei (see nucleus), and molecules; the behaviour of subatomic particles; the nature of chemical bonds (see bonding); the properties of crystalline solids (see crystal); nuclear energy; and the forces that stabilize collapsed stars. It also led directly to the development of the laser, the electron microscope, and the transistor.

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