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In classical mechanics, waves and particles are two completely distinct
types of physical entity. Waves are continuous and spatially extended, whereas particles are discrete and have little or no spatial
extent. However, in quantum mechanics, waves sometimes
act as particles, and particles sometimes act as waves--this strange behaviour
is known as wave-particle duality. In this chapter, we
shall examine how wave-particle duality shapes the general features of quantum mechanics.