## Shape of Wavefunction

Kimberly 1H
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### Shape of Wavefunction

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

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

: 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.

britthanul234
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### Re: Shape of Wavefunction

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