The Quantum Wavefunction Explained In 3 Minutes


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The Quantum Wavefunction Explained In 3 Minutes

The Quantum Wavefunction Explained In 3 Minutes

Particles in quantum mechanics are described by a wavefunction, but what actually is it? Here’s a 3 minute explanation which explains what they are and shows visualizations of what they look like. Overall the wavefunction is a mathematical tool which keeps track of all of the properties of a quantum particle, and explains our observations of the probabilistic nature of where particles appear when we do experiments on them. From the wavefunction we can calculate all of the observables like position, momentum, energy or spin, by applying mathematical operators on it. So in quantum physics, the wavefunction encodes all of the information about the quantum system, and valid wavefunctions are solutions to the Schrodinger equation which I covered in my last video which you can watch here


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