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Psi squared meaning

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:58 am
by longjump
Can someone explain the meaning of psi^2? It was unclear what it meant in class to me.

Re: Psi squared meaning

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:09 am
by Michael_Navarro_1H
I wouldn't be too concerned about anything relating to the Schrodinger Wave equation. From what I understand however, psi^2 correlates to the probability density of finding an electron within an orbital.

Re: Psi squared meaning

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:16 am
by Letizia Ye 4F
ψ^2 is a wave function that describes the probability of finding an electron in a certain area, our TA said for the next quiz there wouldn't be too much about it, but you should know the definition.

Re: Psi squared meaning

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:19 pm
by Nicolle Fernandez 1E
Psi squared is the probability of finding and electron in an orbital.

Re: Psi squared meaning

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:54 pm
by Daniel_Frees_1L
psi squared is actually not the probability of finding an electron in a given orbital, it's just proportional to the probability. It's actually probability density (so probability density * volume = probability of finding an electron