Homework Help: Expectation Value of Momentum

1. Dec 18, 2011

atomicpedals

I've managed to get myself confused on a seemingly simple point of mathematics. When I calculate the expectation value of momentum in quantum mechanics

$$<p>=\int{\psi* \frac{\hbar}{i} \frac{d}{dx} \psi dx}$$
To what should I be applying the derivative? $\psi$?

2. Dec 18, 2011

Dick

Of course you would apply it to ψ. What else?

3. Dec 18, 2011

atomicpedals

Order of operation would rule out complex conjugate of $\psi$. So, instead of being like <x> which can simplify to

$$<x>=\int{|\psi|^{2}xdx}$$
$$<p_x>=\int{\psi * \frac{\hbar}{i} \frac{d \psi}{dx} dx}$$

4. Dec 18, 2011

Dick

Yes. That's it.

5. Dec 18, 2011

atomicpedals

Right on, thanks.