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Schrodinger's Cat

Schrodinger's Cat

Nov 24, 2011, 8:24 AM 8

This blog post is on the theory of Schrodinger's Cat. Let me explain this if you haven't heard of it.

Schrodinger's cat is a thought experiment, usually described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a cat that might be alive or dead, depending on an earlier random event. Although the original "experiment" was imaginary, similar principles have been researched and used in practical applications. The Cat paradox is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretation of quantum mechanichs. In the course of developing this experiment, Schrodinger coined the term Verschrankung (entanglement). The basic meaning of Schrodinger's Cat is that the cat is alive and dead at the same time, but once we look inside the box it is not alive and dead, it is either alive or dead. This paradox shows that there is a cat in a box with a vial of poison gas, and whether the vial breaks or not depends on if an atom of the element decays or not. If it does break, the cat will most likely lap it up; if not broken, the cat will have never drank it and it would be alive. So, to sum this up the cat can be alive and dead until you open the box. I hope you learned something!!!! :)

Jamie Ann

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