Cutnell & Johnson PHYSICS 6/e
Chapter Twenty Nine: Particles and Waves

Planck Curve

Dr. Alan J. Scott , Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout.

This animation describes the intensity of the Black Body Radiation as a function of wavelength. Watch the scale on the vertical axis. The relative size of the curves are drastically different at 1,000 C and 10,000 C.

Dr. Scott has a collection of animations called On-line Animations of Time Evolving Physical Systems.

Wave Nature of Light and
The Photoelectric Effect

Physics 2000 Initiative, University of Colorado at Boulder.

This lavishly illustrated and JAVA-rich (and often slow) site includes a detailed storyline describingthe wave nature of matter, deBroglie's Wavelength idea and the Bohr atom, and a nice section on the Photoelectric Effect.

The Mechanical Universe and Beyond

Program 50: Particles and Waves. Particle and wave theories of light underlying quantum mechanics. A thirty-minute on-demand streamed physics lecture / animated presentation hosted by Professor David Goodstein of the California Institute of Technology as part of the Annenberg / CPB series The Mechanical Universe and Beyond.

This site requires cable modem (384K) or better speed connection to the internet and free registration with Annenberg / CPB.

Heisenberg and Uncertainty

An online exhibit from the American Institute of Physics celebrating the life and work of Wener Heisenberg.

The story of Heisenberg, a "founder" of Quantum Mechanics and developer of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Pronciple (HUP). This site was written with material from biographer David Cassidy.

A History of Quantum Mechanics

From the MacTutor History of mathematics archive at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. The_Quantum_age_begins.html#31

An essay traing the development of quantum mechanics through from Blackbody radiation onwards. Extensive references for all of the principal participants. The MacTutor History site is perhaps the pre-eminent generalized site for mathematical and mathematical physics history on the web.

Comments, corrections and suggestions to Dan MacIsaac

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