probability of a wave function


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Hi everyone,

Assume that we have an electron in the Coulomb field of a proton, whose wave function is specified. How can I find the probability of finding this electron in the ground state of the hydrogen atom?

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find the projection of that given wave function with the wave function of ground state for hydrogen.
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find the projection of that given wave function with the wave function of ground state for hydrogen.
Why do we do that? I couldn't understand the reason.

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probability of a wave function


It is the formalism of quantum mechanics?

Think of vectors in the plane, wavefuctions are vectors in Hilbert space.

The probability for state |a> to be in state |b> is given by: |<a|b>|^2


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