Square of wave function gives us the probability density

In summary, the square of the wave function in quantum mechanics is used to determine the probability density of a particle's location. It is a fundamental postulate with no further explanation and is justified by experimental verification. The uncertainty in the wave-function is not caused by our inability to measure particles without affecting them.
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we often say that the square of wave function gives us the probability density where the particle is. how can the square of a function might predict about the existence of a particle?
 
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Why not?
 
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ahsaas said:

how can the square of a function might predict about the existence of a particle?

It's a fundamental postulate of quantum mechanics, in the wave-mechanics formulation. and therefore has no further explanation. Its justification is the experimental verification of predictions derived from it and the other postulates of QM.
 
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jtbell said:
It's a fundamental postulate of quantum mechanics, in the wave-mechanics formulation. and therefore has no further explanation. Its justification is the experimental verification of predictions derived from it and the other postulates of QM.
Is the uncertainty in the wave-function caused by our inability to measure the particles without affecting them?
 
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Related to Square of wave function gives us the probability density

What is the square of the wave function?

The square of the wave function is a mathematical operation applied to a wave function, which is used to determine the probability density of finding a particle in a specific location.

How does the square of the wave function relate to probability density?

The square of the wave function gives us the probability density because it represents the likelihood of finding a particle in a certain location when measured.

Why is the square of the wave function important in quantum mechanics?

The square of the wave function is important in quantum mechanics because it helps us understand the probabilistic nature of particles at the microscopic level and is a fundamental concept in the field.

Can the square of the wave function be negative?

No, the square of the wave function cannot be negative as it represents a probability density, which must be a positive value.

How is the square of the wave function used in practical applications?

The square of the wave function is used in practical applications such as quantum mechanics calculations, predicting the behavior of particles in quantum systems, and understanding the behavior of atoms and molecules.

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