Schrodingers Equation and Probability Density



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Schrodingers Equation and Probability Density

Postby Kate_Santoso_4F » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:48 pm

Based on the textbook, psi squared is the probability density, which means that wherever psi squared is large, the particle has a high probability density and wherever psi squared is small, the particle has a low probability density. What do these statements mean qualitatively in relation to the wave function of a particle?

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Re: Schrodingers Equation and Probability Density

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:06 pm

The wave function describes a physical wave in space along which the particle is spread out. We can use a wave function (Ψ aka height of the wave) in the Schrodinger equation to determine the probability of finding an electron in a specific location in an atom (ex. for a p-orbital, at x=0, since there's a node there, the Ψ^2=0, since height at x=0 is 0, Ψ=0).

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Re: Schrodingers Equation and Probability Density

Postby 505095972 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:50 pm

To add on to that, it basically helps calculate the orbital that a specific electron is in by telling us where the electron will probably be.


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