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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
- High School
- Instructional Material
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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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