Shape of Wavefunction

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Kimberly 1H
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Shape of Wavefunction

What is the difference between describing a particle by its wavefunction $\psi$$_{1}$ (and most likely being found in the center of the box) versus $\psi$$_{2}$ (found in regions between the center and the walls)?

Arshiya
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Re: Shape of Wavefunction

I know from previous replies, many have stated not to worry about that topic for the midterm or test this Wednesday.

caseygilles 1E
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Re: Shape of Wavefunction

A wave function is basically describing the quantum state of a system. Wave function (psi) is how the wave behaves in a system, such as amplitude of wave. The wave function squared (psi^2) is the probability of finding an electron in a specific area of the atom. This is the electron density probability of the object. We are not expected to know the specific complex-mathematical equations, but it is still important to know what the wave function is because it teaches us about the difference between classical and quantum mechanics.

Matthew Chan 1B
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Re: Shape of Wavefunction

$\psi$: tells us what the height of the wave at a certain position (x,y,z) is. It basically tells us something about the wave of an electron given a certain position
$\psi ^{2}$: tells us the probability of finding an electron within a certain space.

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Re: Shape of Wavefunction

Wave function = quantum state of a system
Wave function squared = probability

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