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To what extent does the Schrodinger equation apply to an atom as a whole?

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To what extent does the Schrodinger equation apply to an atom as a whole?

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Huh? Of course there is ... it all depends on the level at which you are working. Look for example at the Hamiltonians that are used to describe weak interactions between atoms that result in superfluidity, or BEC ... there is no explicit consideration of subatomic particles .. the atoms are treated as individual quantum particles.

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So it applies exactly? How do you know? What's the proof?

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No physical equation is exact, and the Scrödinger equation is no exception. A better model is given by the Dirac equation, which also takes special relativity into account.So it applies exactly? How do you know? What's the proof?

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