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Homework Help: Calculate probability electron remains in ground state of He3.

  1. Sep 26, 2010 #1
    I'm not sure how to calculate the probability in a non-hydrogenlike atom. Perhaps I'm missing something. Z=1 to Z=2. Of course, n, the principal quantum number is n and l would be zero.

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  3. Sep 26, 2010 #2
    Okay. I wrote out the wave function for the ground state of hydrogen. I assume the spherical harmonics are normalized so the probably distribution function reduces to the radial term. Do I make some sort of approximation for the probability of the electron being in the ground state of helium since the Coulombic force Z-value increases from one to two?

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