Wave forms are the things we ride, whether emanating from us or coming along from outside. Then there's Time - that thing we can't quite explain, that has us running on an entropic treadmill and wondering what happens next. Quantumology's latest video takes a turn around the waveform system.
Energy absorption is maximised when a 'push' or energetic input matches the recipient's natural oscillations. A playground swing, for example, will only go higher when the pushes applied match the natural oscillation (to and fro, rise and fall) of the swing's construction. Try to push faster or slower than the swing's inherent waveform, and you counteract its ability to reach maximum height - instead, it will resist your efforts and swing less. This is called 'damping' - the energy stored in the swing's natural oscillation is dissipated by an interfering influence.
Resonance is another feature of wave forms, occurring when waves hit the natural frequency of an object, such as when sound waves meet a crystal glass and shatter it because the frequency of the crystalline structure is the same as the note applied to it. This in itself highlights the importance of wave forms in crossing boundaries of our perceived reality, as here where sound meets solidity.
Eigenvalues are mentioned in this video - these are, simply put, natural characteristics turned into mathematical equations. The natural frequency of a crystal glass is its eigenstate - an electron's eigenstate is subject to more uncertainty, so 'eigenvalues' make their way into the Uncertainty Principle. We look at the Planck-Einstein relation equation in the various forms you'll probably have seen, and figure out what it means, given the range of different energies we're subject to and have to work with. Physics holds keys to inner understanding and there's really no getting away from that, even if some would prefer there to be no door through which to explore.
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Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.