Posted: Oct 07, 2011 4:56 am
by hackenslash
Teuton wrote:
hackenslash wrote:No. In physics, an operator is more than a mathematical entity.


Nothing can be both a mathematical and a physical entity.

hackenslash wrote:
For example, energy, momentum and spin are all operators, and are real quantities.


"Physical Quantities:
Hermitian operators in the Hilbert space associated with a system represent physical quantities, and their eigenvalues represent the possible results of measurements of those quantities."


(http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qm/)

This means that operators aren't physical quantities (properties) themselves but mathematical representations thereof.


Still getting all your definitions from the dictionary of what colour is my lint.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hb ... moper.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operator_% ... _Operators