# Expectation value of position of wavepacket

by Werbel22
Tags: expectation, position, wavepacket
 P: 8 Hello, this is just a general question, how is evaluated, if = triple integral of psi*(r,t).x.psi(r,t).dr (this is the expectation value of position of wavepacket) Is it possible to square a triple integral? Is the same as ^2 ? I'm only wondering how the squared works in this situation, I would understand how to use if the square wasn't there. Thank you!
 P: 676 You cannot square the integral. The way it is written is (in 1 dimension): $$\left = \int \psi(x)^{\dagger}x^2\psi(x) dx$$ It will be different in most cases from ^2. For example, $$\int x^2 dx = \tfrac13 x^3 \neq \left(\int x dx\right)^2 = \tfrac14 x^4$$ So you are unable to take the square outside of the integral.
 P: 8 Got it, thank you very much!

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