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When calculating the probability using P(x)=[tex]\varphi[/tex](x)dx, do I need to:

  1. Nov 4, 2009 #1
    . . . normalize the wave function first? So I will really be finding the probability of
    [tex]\varphi[/tex]/(normalization constant)?
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2009 #2
    Re: when calculating the probability using P(x)=[tex]\varphi[/tex](x)dx, do I need to

    Well when we normalize a wave function we are correcting it by a constant such that it physically makes sense.

    I mean it's physically nonsense to talk about a wave function that isn't normalized.

    But at the same time the normalization is contained in the wave function itself so you wont have [tex]\frac{\psi}{const}[/tex] you just have [tex]\psi[/tex] which when we integrate the square of the wave function over all space equals 1.
     
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