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How well do you know quantum physics? [quiz]

Quantum physics is one of the most important intellectual movements in human history. Today, quantum physics is everywhere: it explains how our computers work, how lasers transmit information across the Internet, and allows scientists to predict accurately the behavior of nearly every particle in nature. Its application continues to be fundamental in the investigation of the most expansive questions related to our world and the universe.

In Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, quantum physicist Michael G. Raymer distills the basic principles of such an abstract field, and addresses the many ways quantum physics is a key factor in today’s science and beyond. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the field of quantum physics!

Quiz background image: 3 trajectories guided by the wave function by Alexandre Gondran. CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Featured image credit: “Quantum Mechanics” by geralt. CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay.

Recent Comments

  1. Neale Ferguson

    Elementary particles of the same type are identical? Spin may be different and has to be when Paul’s exclusion principle applies.

  2. X

    Peaks, crests,…crests, peaks…synonyms.

  3. Emma Chatley

    This quiz is barely related to quantum physics.

  4. Mikhail Lipin

    The claim that all photons are identical and all electrons are identical is false. Both photons and electrons have a spin, and two particles with the opposite spin are not identical. I am very sorry for the students of Philip Knight who obviously teaches the subject he doesn’t understand.

  5. Les

    Yes. Electrons are all identical.

    Yes they have different states – such as spin, and even position in space – OF COURSE.

    The peaks and crests question got me. So many tears. Semantics?

    This is not a QD quiz. It’s a soft sell to make people feel good about themselves and smart enough to buy this book.

  6. Karl Young

    I’m with X, Emma and Les re. this supposed QM quiz – peaks/crests, publication date of GR, wave speed = length divided by time, when frequency times wavelength would be the appropriate answer in this context… ?!? Yikes.

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