SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

We'll email you occasional competition updates and tell you who wins.

- M is for Multiverse
- “ Our most successful theories of cosmology suggest that our universe is one of many universes that bubble off from one another. It’s not clear whether it will ever be possible to detect these other universes. ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- P is for Probability
- “ Quantum mechanics is a probabilistic theory: it does not give definite answers, but only the probability that an experiment will come up with a particular answer. This was the source of Einstein’s objection that God “does not play dice” with the universe ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- P is for Planck’s Constant
- “ This is one of the universal constants of nature, and relates the energy of a single quantum of radiation to its frequency. It is central to quantum theory and appears in many important formulae, including the Schrödinger Equation ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- T is for Teleportation
- “ Quantum tricks allow a particle to be transported from one location to another without passing through the intervening space – or that’s how it appears. The reality is that the process is more like faxing, where the information held by one particle is written onto a distant particle. ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- S is for Superposition
- “ Quantum objects can exist in two or more states at once: an electron in superposition, for example, can simultaneously move clockwise and anticlockwise around a ring-shaped conductor ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- E is for Entanglement
- “ When two quantum objects interact, the information they contain becomes shared. This can result in a kind of link between them, where an action performed on one will affect the outcome of an action performed on the other. This “entanglement” applies even if the two particles are half a universe apart ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- L is for Light
- “ We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle! ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- A is for Alice and Bob
- “ In quantum experiments, these are the names traditionally given to the people transmitting and receiving information. In quantum cryptography, an eavesdropper called Eve tries to intercept the information ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- Q is for Qubit
- “ One quantum bit of information is known as a qubit (pronounced Q-bit). The ability of quantum particles to exist in many different states at once means a single quantum object can represent multiple qubits at once, opening up the possibility of extremely fast information processing ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- Z is for Zero-point energy
- “ Even at absolute zero, the lowest temperature possible, nothing has zero energy. In these conditions, particles and fields are in their lowest energy state, with an energy proportional to Planck’s constant ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- S is for Schrödinger’s Cat
- “ A hypothetical experiment in which a cat kept in a closed box can be alive and dead at the same time – as long as nobody lifts the lid to take a look ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

- I is for Information
- “ Many researchers working in quantum theory believe that information is the most fundamental building block of reality ” more from our A-Z of

the quantum world

### Featured Videos

- Alice in Quantumland
- Quantum thoughts
- A State of Superposition
- Do we have free will?
- Cat in the Box
- Feedback
- Prism Part 1 – Splitting Atoms
- lesson 2 : quantum bureaudynamics
- the Cat
- Quantum Daughter
- Quantum Eraser Channel
- COLLAPSE

Posted by Melissa Tan on December 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

## High School Particles

As students, we saw links between quantum mechanics and school life. This is shown in the video which summarises the fundamental forces, Standard Model, QCD and QED. This approach links the micro and macro worlds in a way many people can relate to. Also, despite the abstract theories in Quantum Mechanics, there is still room for light-heartedness which is also the motivation behind the title.

Although the explanation is in logical order, the venues and examples used are random. This represents the quantum world – a world of randomness. This aspect allows viewers to appreciate the essence of Quantum Mechanics.

The final scene serves as a closure and shows another concept. It resembles Schrödinger’s Cat where the classroom is the closed box. When the tutor enters, she disturbs the system as an observer and changes the outcome, i.e. the score. Moreover, the closing box represents quantum teleportation – what happened in school also happened in the box even though they are not linked.