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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?
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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