Originally Posted by erunion
An electromagnetic wave is not an electron.
An EMF travels very quickly down a wire, as you've shown, but the electrons are actually traveling very slowly.
Imagine a mile long tube full of tennis balls and open on both ends. If I add a ball at an end, a different ball will fall out the opposite side a mile away at the same moment. But my ball didn't travel the whole mile in that instant. It moved a small distance slowly.
Though electrons can move near the speed of light if given enough energy.
Then, again, matter is not a discrete entity when compared with energy. It still is just singularity reiterating itself in another form.
I'm positive that you are the first person to tell me that electrons move "slow". They may not be on a set path that you can adjust without administrative access, but time scale is very different in subatomics. Small particles cannot "bend" the time to their will, as in relativity. Besides, I suppose the distance between objects do "not" matter for them to be "aware" of objects they are in correlation with for the "butterfly" effect to take place. The universe is in my belief, already, the biggest machine that you could design, that reiterates itself like a bureaucratic automaton that calculates by the simplest construct that you could harness via the most clever and perhaps longest IP address space, and that does not lag since it is not "simulated" that would make you wander how beautifully an engineer, or a physicist might have designed it.
OK, and I believe the universe expands solely because the energy it takes to run it causes matter to disperse and that the universe will cease to exist once we bring harmony to it, upon which event, the giant siphon will start rolling its volume again until all condenses once more.
Now, could I make u believe EMF travels at the same speed as electrons themselves, yet in an orderly fashion?Edited by mtcn77 - 3/15/13 at 4:05pm