Shape of Wavefunction


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Kimberly 1H
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Shape of Wavefunction

Postby Kimberly 1H » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:01 pm

What is the difference between describing a particle by its wavefunction (and most likely being found in the center of the box) versus (found in regions between the center and the walls)?

Arshiya
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Re: Shape of Wavefunction

Postby Arshiya » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:58 pm

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

Postby caseygilles 1E » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:26 pm

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

Postby Matthew Chan 1B » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:43 am

: 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
: tells us the probability of finding an electron within a certain space.

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Re: Shape of Wavefunction

Postby britthanul234 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:35 am

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


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