University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

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Chapter 41 - Quantum Mechanics II: Atomic Structure - Problems - Discussion Questions - Page 1401: Q41.1


The probabilities are identical.

Work Step by Step

The probability density for each particle is the square of its absolute value, equal to the product of $\Psi(x,y,z,t)$ and its complex conjugate, $\Psi^*(x,y,z,t)$. For particle A, we obtain $|\Psi(x,y,z)|^2$. For particle B, we obtain $|\Psi(x,y,z)|^2e^{i \phi} e^{-i \phi}=|\Psi(x,y,z)|^2$. The probability distribution functions for the particles are identical, and so the probabilities described are too.
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