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Orbital Wavefunction

  1. Jul 13, 2015 #1
    I have poor concepts in Orbitals, wavefunctions etc. What i know is that quantum mechanics(study of sub atomic particles) talks about probability.
    What i understand is wavefunction means probability of finding an electron in space around a nucleus, correct me i am wrong.So when we say that this s orbital has +ve wave function does it means that there is +ve probability of finding an electron in that spherical space around the nucleus i.e yes electron can be found in that region, and s orbital with -ve wave function means zero probability of finding electron in that space and when two orbitals with opposite wave functions overlap, the region they overlap results in no electron density i.e no electron can be found in that region.
    Is it so? or i am on the wrong path.
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  3. Jul 13, 2015 #2
    The probability density is the square of the wave function.
  4. Jul 13, 2015 #3
    Sir i have learnt that wave function has no physical meaning its only its square that makes sense, why its square in particular and not a cube? How was so the concept of wavefuntion put forward?
  5. Jul 13, 2015 #4
    Sir what is understood about this topic, is that correct?
  6. Jul 13, 2015 #5
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