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While researching quantum physics I realized that I had just finished a book that was based on quantum theory At the time I didnt quite realize that quantum theory and quantum physics were related except in name Niels Bohr once said Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it He believed this because quantum physics makes the common laws of classical physics false on small scales First quantum physics is the physics of the incredibly small It tries to explain the behavior of even smaller particles such as protons neutrons electrons and even the particles that make up those particles Would you believe that the model of an atom taught to us in chemistry is about 70 years out of date If you understood calculus in 11th grade then the teachers probably would have taught us this new concept In fact now that you know an atom isnt just a nucleus with electrons looping around it I guess youre wondering what it looks like Instead of having a fixed place for the electrons to be quantum physics gives us a statistical probability of the electrons location at any one moment So how was quantum physics developed In the early 20th century some experiments produced results that could not be explained by classical physics For instance it was well known that electrons orbited the nucleus of an atom However if they did this in the manner that resembled the planets orbiting the sun classical physics predicted that the electrons would spiral in and crash into the nucleus within a fraction of a second Obviously that doesnt happen or life as we know it would not exist That incorrect prediction along with some other experiments that classical physics could not explain showed scientists that something new was needed to explain science at the atomic level This lead to Quantum Physics Quantum Mechanics and the Quantum Theory What exactly is the quantum
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