Problem: An electron behaves in ways that are at least partially indeterminate.What does this mean?

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We’re being asked to explain the following statement: an electron behaves in ways that are at least partially indeterminate.


Indeterminate means not exactly known, established or defined


Let’s say we repeatedly throw an electron from the same position with the same velocity and direction. We will observe that the electrons will land at different final positions every time. This is unlike a baseball which when thrown repeatedly from the same position with the same velocity and direction will land on the same final position

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An electron behaves in ways that are at least partially indeterminate.

What does this mean?

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