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I'm interested in knowing about Quantum science as explainded to a grade school student if possible?

I’m 41 year old mother of 6, artist and English teacher in Peru for many years, not much into Science. I’ve been looking into prior questions about the matter not really got to understand much, I want to understand till I get to know about something I heard on a speech, talking about this topic, they were saying there’s these tiny particles, (the tiniest?) that were being observed and reacted to sounds, light etc. Even at somebody watching! Even if it was thru a camera!!! Lost track of how to get source of this information since I didn’t catch it when I heard it. Not to much interested in numbers and formulas, but enough basis to understand better and be amazed at this fascinating fact.I need a basic introduction first and only then maybe some sites to follow up. Thankyou.
Sorry, maybe I should have said High school not grade school. Not familiar with American school system. Peru.

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  1. Yours is the first question that has some sense to it..I too am interested in this..the only advice I can give you is to go to the Science/Astronomy sites and seek your answers there…good luck to you

  2. This is WAY above the conceptual abilities of the average (or even above-average) grade-schooler, and not appropriate for the core curriculum for that age group. High school physics only scratches the surface of quantum theory. You need to start with basic atomic principles, appropriate for 4th-5th-grade science, and let them get to physics in a few more years.

  3. In physics, a quantum refers to an indivisible and perhaps elementary entity. It can be a mass or an energy quantum.
    Quantums don’t actually react to someone / something “watching” them. They can’t be “seen” in the place / motion they have, because the light or electrons or any source used to observe them alters their position and motion. Something like if you try to “see” where your car is by shooting canonballs and seeing where they “bounce”. The canonball will move the car when they hit it and then the car won’t be in the same place.

  4. It sounds like you are talking about an area of science known as quantum mechanics, though you might be referencing subatomic particle theory. Yes, the math can be a bit much and the conceptualizations a bit forced. But not knowing you I am hestitant to say no way. Maybe you could should start out with little thermodynamics.
    The first site below is one called HyperPhysics. The link will send you straight to the grid on thermodynmics. Try tapping the buttons, read and little and see if it makes sense. I suggest you start with kinetics. If HyperPhysics doesn’t do it for you, try Wikipedia. If you want to leap in head first the last reference is about string theory, tachyons and all that good stuff. Good luck and heppy learning.

  5. OK. Yo también estuve MUY interesado en física cuántica durante le escuela secundaria. Los libros que leí y que me ayudaron muchísimo a tener una idea del asunto (aunque obviamente los detalles son algo inasibles para un estudiante de secundaria (high school) ya que involucran matemáticas avanzadas que verás recién en la universidad) son:
    * Superfuerza (Paul Davies, y en general cualquiera de sus libros. PD es un excelente divulgador)
    * De los átomos a los quarks (James Trefil)
    * Breve Historia del Tiempo (Stephen Hawking)
    * La volución de la Física (Albert Einstein y Leopold Infeld. Ex-ce-len-te y muy accesible).
    Suerte!

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