Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 32 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 20

Answer

Yes, Schrodinger’s equation would be valid when applied to the solar system. However, the results it gives would be identical to those of classical physics, at much greater computational cost and complexity, so it would not be at all useful.

Work Step by Step

If a new theory is valid, it must give the same correct results as the old theory, i.e., it must correspond, in any area where the old theory has been verified. This is discussed on page 611.
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