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Physical Chemistry – Overview of Thermodynamics

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in General Science, Physical Chemistry | 4 comments

In one example I use bond energies to calculate the energy per mole of sucrose and TNT (the explosive trinitrotoluene). Most students expect that TNT has more energy, but it turns out the two have about the same. So why is TNT an explosive (actually a conflagration)? TNT burns rapidly and involves a huge volume change. It is the rate of reaction (chemical kinetics) and the rapid volume change that causes the explosive damage. Then I can move to the thermodynamics overview.

Undeterred by rejection of EPR paper.

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in A Local Realistic Reconciliation of the EPR paradox, Quantum Crackpot RANDI Counter Challenge, Quantum Mechanics Research | 0 comments

I am sure the reviewer is knowledgeable about the EPR paradox and the foundations of quantum mechanics but he missed or dismissed a departing point of my approach: quantum mechanics is a theory of measurement and I find states that exist only when not measured. These undetected states account for the quantum correlation usually attributed to non-locality. Although the reviewer’s comments are easily answered, I was not allowed a rebuttal:

Physical Chemistry—hotness and coldness

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in General Science, Physical Chemistry | 0 comments

When I start into heat capacity I contrast the temperature of a substance with the feeling of hot and cold. A thermometer will tell you the temperature of a substance, but that does not tell you how much heat is present. If you touch something, you can tell if it is hotter or colder than your hand, but what about two substances at the same temperature?

Suppose outside it is -10 C (14 F) and there you find a piece of steel and a piece of Styrofoam. Which is colder? If you touch the steel it feels colder than the Styrofoam, but they are both at the same temperature. If you placed the steel on the Styrofoam, no heat will flow between them (Third Law of thermodynamics). Since your hand is much hotter than the objects, heat must flow from your hand into them.

Teaching physical chemistry–lecture recording?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in General Science, Physical Chemistry | 0 comments

Although the obvious “pro” of recording is to give students the chance to listen numerous times; review the material; and listen to missed lectures, there is a huge “con” and that is they skip class and opt to listen to my lectures at home. Last year the attendance dropped to half because lectures are available on line, but this year the time has been shifted to 8:30 a.m. from 10:30. I am going to predict that very few will want to attend at that hour.

Simple Physics and Optimism. Will Local Realistic Rule?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Quantum Mechanics Research | 0 comments

But if the model does stand up, what have I accomplished? There is presently no experimental way to distinguish between one or two axes of quantization. Including counterfactual coincidences can be rejected out of hand and quantum mechanics still viewed as complete. The mechanics of applying quantum will not change. Having the option to accept local reality might have a salving effect on those generations of physicists who have been brought up believing the Copenhagen Interpretation and Bell. One can sigh a sigh of relief that non-locality is history and Nature is both real and deterministic, at least for spin. That would make a lot of people happy.

Quantum Mechanics vs. Quantum business in Physics

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Quantum Mechanics Research, Some reminiscences | 12 comments

When there are nagging doubts about something in my work I worry about them until they make sense. Experience shows me that if I brush something aside, it comes back later to bite me. So I feel that those in the field of quantum information must have the same uneasiness about non-locality. and a stubborn, even defensive, acceptance of Bell’s theorem. So there must be a sense of paranoia about this inexplicable property. Local realists are a thorn, and I will only shut up if I am shown to be wrong, or some other viable local realistic explanation comes along.

Quantum Archives censorship: & more about Computer Simulation

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Quantum Mechanics Research, Some reminiscences | 5 comments

Nonetheless, the Moderators (of ArXiv) blacklisted me in 2009, denying me the exposure that others have, and for unknown reasons too. When I asked for the reasons, I get a note with no name, other than signed by “the Moderators” stating that in order to find out why they blacklisted me, I should submit the paper for publication.

By the way, most of the papers on the archives never get published.