385lec2 - PHYS 385 Lecture 2 - Probabilistic motion Lecture...

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PHYS 385 Lecture 2 - Probabilistic motion 2 - 1 ©2003 by David Boal, Simon Fraser University. All rights reserved; further copying or resale is strictly prohibited. Lecture 2 - Probabilistic motion What's important : classical vs . quantum motion probability densities Text : Gasiorowicz, Chap. 2 Sometimes, when studying difficult material, it is tempting to "cut to the chase": skip some conceptual foundations in favour of working out examples in order to build an intuitive understanding of how a particular formalism or approach works in practice. To some extent, that is part of the strategy of our introductory course on relativity and quantum concepts, or even the first lecture of this course, where we solved the Bohr model for the hydrogen atom, which gives numerically correct results but rests on an analogy with standing waves. In this lecture, we start to examine the foundations more closely, in particular how to incorporate the uncertainty principle in a description of particle motion. Classical motion
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2009 for the course PHYS 385 taught by Professor Davidboal during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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385lec2 - PHYS 385 Lecture 2 - Probabilistic motion Lecture...

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