# Amplitude of 0 for Waves

When a wave for light or an electron is represented on a graph, it is shown with the y-axis representing amplitude. Now, these waves cross the x-axis (where amplitude=0) but what does this actually mean, for that instant? Is it that the wave is no longer observed for that instant?

Also, since all objects have their own wavefunctions, what does the concept of 0 amplitude mean? Is the object not observed for that one instant as well?

I'm new to the concept of the wave properties of matter and quantum physics as a whole, so any clarification on the above matters (and other related material, if you wish) would be greatly appreciated!

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kith
The modulus squared of the wave function is the probability (density) to find the particle at a point (region) in a position measurement. If the amplitude is zero, you won't find the particle at this point (region).

Okay. So since all objects have a wavefunction, what exactly does it mean for the object (ex. couch) to have a 0 probability?
Does it cease to exist at some infinitesimal point that we just never see?

kith
Okay. So since all objects have a wavefunction, what exactly does it mean for the object (ex. couch) to have a 0 probability?
Before you perform a measurement, quantum systems don't have a definite value for the physical quantity you measure. If the wave function is zero in some region, the particle is not in this region. But you can't say where it is with certainty. The probability to find it in a region with a large amplitude is simply higher than in a region with a low amplitude. So it is very unlikely to find the particle in the region where it's wave function has a node.

Claude Bile