# Expectation value of the square of the observable

## Homework Statement

I know how to compute the expectation value of an observable. But how does one compute the expectation value of an observable's square?

## Homework Equations

$$\langle Q \rangle = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \Psi^* \hat{Q} \Psi \; dx$$
$$\langle Q^2 \rangle = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \Psi^* (\hat{Q} \Psi)^2 \; dx \; ???$$

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dextercioby
$$A^2 \psi =A\left(A \psi \right) \ , \forall \psi\in D(A) \ \mbox{and} \ {} A\psi \in D(A)$$