wave-mechanics

wave mechanics

noun Physics.
a form of quantum mechanics formulated in terms of a wave equation, as the Schrödinger equation.


Origin:
1925–30

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wave mechanics
 
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(functioning as singular) physics the formulation of quantum mechanics in which the behaviour of systems, such as atoms, is described in terms of their wave functions

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wave mechanics  
A theory that interprets the behavior of matter (especially subatomic or other small particles) in terms of the properties of waves. A broad range of physical phenomena, from the propagation of earthquakes to the structures of electron orbitals in atoms, have been understood using wave mechanics. Quantum mechanics uses a form of wave mechanics and involves wave equations such as Schrödinger's equation to capture both the wavelike and particlelike properties of matter.
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