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Chapter 6: Classical and Quantum-mechanical Probability

Much of introductory quantum mechanics involves finding and understanding the solutions to Schrödinger's wave equation and applying Born's probabilistic interpretation to these solutions.1 We begin by first reviewing some of the basic properties of classical probability distributions before discussing quantum-mechanical probability and expectation values.2

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1While there are at least eight additional formulations, we will primarily focus on Schrödinger's. For all nine, see D. F. Styer, et al., "Nine Formulations of Quantum Mechanics," Am. J. Phys. 70, 288-297 (2002).
2This initial focus is suggested in L. Bao and E. Redish, "Understanding Probabilistic Interpretations of Physical Systems: A Prerequisite to Learning Quantum Physics," Am. J. Phys. 70, 210-217 (2002).

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