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Is there any reason i is left in the denominator here?

  1. Feb 19, 2016 #1
    I'm reading up on continuity equations and in particular how it relates to the probability current, and I noticed both in the Wikipedia page subsection for QM talking about continuity equations and in the main page for probability current, plenty of the formulas given have i in the denominator of the coefficient at the front; is there any reason the eqns are left this way rather than multiplying both sides by i^2 and then multiplying through by -1 so the LHS is still the same sign but i isn't in the denominator? Leaving the i as is is just sort of "bad voodoo" to me but functionally the same and I'm curious if there's any convention or if that's just some bias I've developed on my own.
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  3. Feb 19, 2016 #2
    It's one of those things students develop from drills but it is not followed by professionals. Imaginary i in the denominator is common in physics literature. Same goes for radicals / square roots.
  4. Feb 19, 2016 #3
    Thank you!
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