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What's the equation that appears in the background of some scenes?

  1. Oct 16, 2006 #1
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  3. Oct 16, 2006 #2
    At 1:36 there is the Schrodinger equation applied to the hydrogen atom:

    [tex]\left[ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2 - \frac{e^2}{r} \right]\psi(\mathbf{r})=E \psi(\mathbf{r})[/tex]
     
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  4. Oct 16, 2006 #3

    Gokul43201

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    Note 1: It is the equation for relative motion; notice the reduced mass [itex]\mu[/itex]

    Note 2: It is written in units where [itex]2 \pi \rightarrow 1 [/itex] (no bar on the "h")
     
  5. Oct 16, 2006 #4
    I'm unfamiliar with those units...
     
  6. Oct 16, 2006 #5

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    They're Hollywoodian units.

    Most likely, the graphics designer/editor thought the bar was a stylistic addition with no mathematical relevance.
     
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