## Wave Functions

Diana Sandoval 1K
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### Wave Functions

I'm confused as to how you determine if the subscript will be x, y, or z. We did an example in class that had the wave function of (3,1,0) and we got 3py but where did the 'y' come from?

Jessica Helfond 2F
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### Re: Wave Functions

From what I understand, in the magnetic quantum number (ml), for l=1, ml= -1,0,+1. Because the subscript goes px, py, pz, py is the middle term, just as 0 is the middle term. Thus, py=0. I believe px and pz would be interchangeable for -1 and +1. Hope this helped!

angelagd3l
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### Re: Wave Functions

Can De Broglie's Wave Equation work for any particle with momentum?

Manas Jinka
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### Re: Wave Functions

The De Broglie equation works for any particle that has a mass when the momentum is 0. Since photons never have 0 momentum, you can't use this equation for such particles.

Tatum Keichline 2B
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### Re: Wave Functions

px, py, and pz correlate to the ml=-1,0,+1. px and pz can be either -1 or +1, but pt must be the middle number for the list of ml values is what I understood.