What is the de Broglie wavelength of a ball with a mass of 0.20 kg when it strikes the ground after it has been dropped from a building that's 50 m tall?

Jul 16, 2014

The de Broglie wavelength of the ball is 1.06 × 10⁻³⁴ m.

The de Broglie equation is

 λ = h/(mv)

We know $h$ and $m$. So we must calculate $v$.

For this, we need to know the physics formula for the velocity of a falling object after it has dropped a given distance:

v = √(2gy), where $g$ is the acceleration due to gravity and $y$ is the distance fallen.

v =√(2 × 9.806 m·s⁻² × 50 m) = √(9806 m²s⁻²) = 31.31 m·s⁻¹ (2 significant figures + 2 guard digits)

 λ = h/(mv) = (6.626 × 10⁻³⁴ kg·m²s⁻¹)/(0.20 kg × 31.31 m·s⁻¹) =1.06 × 10⁻³⁴ m