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What is a node?

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:29 pm
by Daniel Rivas 3L
One thing that is confusing me about the Schrodinger equation section is the node definition. What exactly is a node? And also what does it mean by the wavefunction passing 0?

Re: What is a node?

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:11 pm
by ssthirkannad
So my understanding of it is that a node is where the wavefunction passes through zero - meaning it goes from positive to negative or vice versa - rather than just hitting zero and going back the way it came, as though reflected (not changing sign). So while a wavefunction can equal zero, it doesn't necessarily mean that that point is a node if it doesn't cross zero. Hope that helps!

Re: What is a node?

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:56 am
by Clara Hu 1G
Also, at a node, the wavefunction is zero, so the electron density at the node is also zero, and the probability of finding an electron there is zero.

Re: What is a node?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:15 pm
by Christy Zhao 1H
Just to reiterate, keep in mind that the node is where the wavefunction passes through zero, it doesn't just reach zero.

Re: What is a node?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:26 pm
by Aya Shokair- Dis 2H
Yes, correct me if I'm wrong but I think of a node as having zero possibility of an electron being in that space.

Re: What is a node?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:21 pm
by Sophie 1I
Yes, a node is where the wave function passes through zero