There's another thread here about the double slit experiment, which frankly, is way over my head.
On a different forum, I saw some links that showed phenomena that simply made no sense to me. Either their data is skewed somehow, or something is wrong with the experiment:
See the 'trailer' (first link starts the download)
What the above trailer says is that the double slit experiment was conducted using electrons fired at 2 slits in an opaque screen. I understand wave and particles fine, I think.
Quick synopsis for those who can't or don't want to watch the video:
1. They shot electrons at a screen with 2 slits cut in it. The pattern reflected a 'wave' on the wall behind (multiple lines of electrons in a striped pattern not just two lines if it were particles).
2. They shot individual electrons at the screen. The pattern ALSO showed a 'wave' on the wall behind. How can that be possible with a single electron? There's 2 slits, and 1 electron. How would 1 electron alone be a 'wave' and enter both slits simultaneously?
3. So, to answer the above #2, someone set up an experiment where they mounted a camera to 'observe' the slits to see which hole the electron would go thru, since there's only 1 electron, but it's still forming a pattern of multiple electrons.
Result: the electron ceased to create a wave on the wall behind, instead forming a particle pattern of 2 lines.
How is that possible, in plain english please... and did they do something to the electrons, changed the speed, changed something in order to 'observe' it?
Or... do electrons really behave differently, depending on whether they are 'observed'? That makes no sense at all, so I know I'm missing something.
Here are 2 other links. This is part 1 and part 2 of videos which claim to explain Quantum Physics.
Basically, they claim that matter is a construct of our minds, because it's entirely based on subatomic particles which are in different locations at the same time. I sort of grasp the concept (but not well).
I've always known that there's a universe of space within each atom and the particles in it are really small. 'Mass' being created by the SPEED and physical limitations of the electron(s) racing around the orbit of the nucleus of proton(s) and neutron(s).
My mental image is of something that moves so fast that it can and will be at any point you try to approach it... a fast spinning 3D fan blade if you will, you can't get under or around it within it's orbit without encountering resistance, regardless of how much space exists BETWEEN the blades.
Where I get confused is the claim that each electron is DISAPPEARING and simultaneously REAPPEARING. I thought they simply spun at an incredibly fast rate, so fast that they appear solid (like the fan blade), regardless of how much space is between them (this is how well I know quantum physics... not very).
The below videos are what heightens my confusion:
Can someone explain to me, in english, how this works?