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written by the Kansas State Physics Education Research Group and Dean A. Zollman
This resource discusses the meaning of quantum wavefunctions in terms of measurement probabilities.  The double-slit experiment is used to motivate the concept of probabilistic measurements.  A shockwave applet is then used to allow students to explore the relationship between a 1D wavefunction and probabilities.  Both the magnitude of the probability density and the probability in a finite interval in position can be displayed.
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Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Laboratory
= Tutorial
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probability, probability density, tutorial, wavefunction
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Kansas State Physics Education Research Group and D. Zollman, , WWW Document, (http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/tutorials/interpretingwavefunctions/index.html).
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Kansas State Physics Education Research Group and D. Zollman, Interpreting Wave Functions, <http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/tutorials/interpretingwavefunctions/index.html>.
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Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, & Zollman, D. (n.d.). Interpreting Wave Functions. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/tutorials/interpretingwavefunctions/index.html
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Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, and Dean Zollman. Interpreting Wave Functions. http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/tutorials/interpretingwavefunctions/index.html (accessed 21 April 2014).
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Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, and Dean Zollman. Interpreting Wave Functions. 21 Apr. 2014 <http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/tutorials/interpretingwavefunctions/index.html>.
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Interpreting Wave Functions:

Is Part Of Visual Quantum Mechanics

Visual Quantum Mechanics contains a series of simulations, tutorials, and pedagogy to help in the learning of concepts in quantum physics.  This material is suitable for a wide range of students.

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Is Referenced By Matter Waves

Matter Waves demonstrates the wave-like nature of particles, a natural prerequisite to the Interpreting Wave Functions tutorial.

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Requires Double Slit Diffraction

The Double Slit Diffraction experiment demonstrates the need for a description of the measurement probability.

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Requires Probability Illustrator

The Probability Illustrator demonstrates the relationship between the wave function and the probability amplitude

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