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

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CHAPTER11

Wave Functions Illustrated

In This Chapter

  • Solutions to Schroedinger’s equation for specific, one-dimensional systems
  • Classically forbidden regions and quantum tunneling
  • The full, quantum mechanical description of the hydrogen atom

In this chapter we will take a brief detour from the quantum expressway to enjoy a scenic route past a number of beautiful wave functions. We will look at several specific solutions of the Schroedinger equation, and see how different wave functions emerge under different conditions. We’ll ditch the math on this detour and paint a few portraits of some illustrative Eigenfunctions and learn about their Eigenvalues. ...

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