41 CHAPTER OUTLINE 41.1 An Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics 41.2 A Particle in a Box 41.3 The Particle Under Boundary Conditions 41.4 The Schrödinger Equation 41.5 A Particle in a Well of Finite Height 41.6 Tunneling Through a Potential Energy Barrier 41.7 The Scanning Tunneling Microscope Oscillator 41.8 The Simple Harmonic Quantum Mechanics ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Q41.1 A particle’s wave function represents its state, containing all the information there is about its location and motion. The squared absolute value of its wave function tells where we would classically think of the particle as a spending most its time. Ψ 2 is the probability distribution function for the position of the particle. Q41.2 The motion of the quantum particle does not consist of moving through successive points. The particle has no definite position. It can sometimes be found on one side of a node and sometimes on the other side, but never at the node itself. There is no contradiction here, for the quantum particle is moving as
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