# Wave-particle duality in electron [closed]

Electrons show wave-particle duality

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Atoms contain electrons. We consider atoms as particles but electrons which are inside the atom as waves (50% chances). When we talk about orbits and orbitals, outer electrons, inner electrons, I sub-consciously assume that we are talking about the particle nature of electron. But this model is true only half of the time. The possibility of the electron being a wave at any time is also 50% . Particle nature and Wave nature are two different things because scientists came up with wave-particle duality. So we cannot talk about outer electrons, inner electrons, degenerate orbitals in the case of wave nature of electrons.Even if we can say inner part of the wave(close to nucleus) and outer part of the wave(away from the nucleus) ,what we are going to do in that case to solve energy, wavelength, position of the electron (in wave form) in an atom (a particle)?

• There are no chances, no possibilities, and no half of the time. Each electron is (kind of) a particle and a wave at the same time. – Ivan Neretin Sep 17 '18 at 17:28
• so how can we measure the energy of a wave by using equations to calculate energy for a particle ? why we need to separate them in first place when we can get the thing going just by confining the energy at one place( in particle form) rather than distributed energy in wave form ? – Beyond Zero Sep 17 '18 at 17:35
• We can't and don't. You may think of Bohr atom as a lucky coincidence having no practical consequences. – Ivan Neretin Sep 17 '18 at 17:40
• why we don't calculate the energy in wave form of an electron when we have invested our time in finding wave form of the electron ? If results come same by using particle nature equations, then whats different ? – Beyond Zero Sep 17 '18 at 17:42
• Back up. Particles and waves are two abstractions. Whether an electron behaves like classical physics says a particle should, or a waves should depends on the experiment. A zebra is not a white horse 50% of the time and 50% a black horse in the other time, it is a zebra - something different. – MaxW Sep 17 '18 at 18:03