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Quantum Physics by Norah Berrah PhD, Paul V. Pancella, Marc Humphrey

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CHAPTER10

Quantum Wave Mechanics

In This Chapter

  • The difference between a wave function and the wave equation
  • Force fields described by potential energy functions
  • How particle wave functions respond to forces
  • The Schroedinger equation and its solution

In this chapter we’ll get into the real nitty-gritty of modern quantum physics. We will learn about the powerful equation that quantum physicists have come up with to describe how particles behave when they interact with other particles and forces. We’ll learn what this equation signifies, how it is solved, and what those solutions mean. Then, we’ll see how it naturally leads to all those postulates ...

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