PreClass_05 (email me your answers by 12 noon Thursday ... taylormp@hiram.edu)

Reading assignment: Styer handout, (Chapts. 1-6)

Please provide brief answers to the following:

1) What is the difference between explanation and description? What role do each of these play in science?

2) What is the Stern-Gerlach experiment and why are the results surprising? What does Styer mean by the "conundrum of projections"?

3) If you flip one coin four times in a row, what is the probability that you will get all heads? What is the probability that you will get exactly two heads?

4) Explains the differences/similarities between the EPR experiment as described by Nick Herbert (photon pair-calcite detectors) and Dan Styer (atom pair-SG detector).

Everyone also needs to send me a specific question you had about the reading.