Last Updated: 04/17/2012*
One Maryland student uses the formula E=mc2 to calculate her passion for quantum mechanics.
A MathMovesU® Middle School Scholarship winner, Sandra Sandeep of Glen Burnie, Md., solved her way to a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Raytheon. Sandra wrote about her love of quantum mechanics for Raytheon’s MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship and Grant Program, which honors students and teachers who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math.
“I like math because it’s fun to understand,” she says. “If there was a concept or topic that you didn’t understand before and then it just clicks, you feel really happy.”
The theory of the mechanics of atoms, molecules and other physical systems subject to the uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics is applied to major theories such as the Big Bang Theory, the Uncertainty Principle and the Thomas Young two-slit experiment. Sandra is studying the Schrödinger equation, which is used to discover energy levels of quantum mechanical systems such as atoms.
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