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Does a matter wave describe the probability of the particle to be in a certain place, or is it the wave squared?

In other words, is

y(r,t) = Probability(finding particle at r and time t)

or

y(r,t)^2 dV = Probabilty(finding particle at r and time t)

I know it is the second, since that is what the book lists. But then what does the wave function y(r,t) represent?

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# Simple question of matter waves

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