What is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

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Not sure how to introduce young physicists to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal? Well this short video is a great place to start, as it explains how the particle and wave nature of matter makes it impossible to know both the location and speed of any object.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • After watching this video, have students write their own definitions of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and explain it to a classmate
  • Assign this video and the included assessment as a homework assignment in your flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations
  • This video assumes students have prior knowledge about the properties of waves
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Visual models help to demonstrate the abstract concepts discussed in the video
  • A short assessment containing five multiple choice and three free-response questions is included with the video
Cons
  • None
NGSS