I am having trouble applying this concept to simple things. Like a die where we let s be the number of spots shown by a die thrown at random.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

How could I compute the expectation value of s? And how would I compute the mean square deviation. Would the expectation value just be <s>=1/N summation from i=1 to N of si? Here the only possible states are s1,s2,s3,s4,s5, and s6. Help anyone? And how would I calculate the mean square deviation from the equation delta s=<<s-<s>>^2>=<c^2>-<c>^2?

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Expectation values and mean square deviations

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**