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Why do we need complex numbers while normalizing the wave function?

  1. Jul 4, 2013 #1
    I'll write down what i know and point it out if I'm wrong.So we normalize the wave function because -∫|ψ(x,t)|^2dx should always be equal to 1 right? Has this anything to do with transition from ψ to ψ^2?
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  3. Jul 4, 2013 #2


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    What do you mean by "need complex numbers while normalizing the wave function"?

    |ψ|2 is guaranteed to be real, so the normalization integral shouldn't involve complex numbers at all.
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