The orbit of electrons

Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by Prosoothus, Nov 10, 2002.

1. chrootCrackpot killerRegistered Senior Member

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Nasor:

Yes, that's why I prefer the term 'probabilistic' over the term 'random.' Mathematically, 'random' is a perfectly acceptable term, but many people confuse randomness with the lack of a probability distribution. Naturally, a random variable can actually have any probability distribution you can dream up. A random variable is just one whose current value does not depend on any of its past values.

- Warren

3. NasorValued Senior Member

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I thought that the mathematical definition of 'random' was that the present value is not in any way related to its past values. So you couldn't look at a large list of past values and use it to make predictions about what the present or future value would be.

5. chrootCrackpot killerRegistered Senior Member

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It is.
You can't predict an exact future value; but you can certainly predict probabilities for each possible value.

You don't know the result of your next coin toss; but you know the odds are 50/50 heads/tails.

- Warren

7. ChristCrusherRegistered Senior Member

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take a fucking math class.

learn to solve D.E.'s

no asshat on this forum will explain this better to you than 2 pages of simple calculations

8. ChristCrusherRegistered Senior Member

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nice to see we are always at steady state...

9. ChristCrusherRegistered Senior Member

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i will offer nothing further to this we-todd-did thread other than anyone who is still confused on orbitals and wavefunctions, please quit thinking in terms of simplistic continuous spatial functions , and start thinking in terms of vectors and matrices.

10. ChristCrusherRegistered Senior Member

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because you arent looking for the fourier transform of a complex exponential to find the momentum of non-quantum objects.