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4 Quantum Mechanical Laws

G.R.Dixon, 2/8/2007

1. If the wave function of a free particle is Gaussian, then the wave function is being calculated in an inertial frame of reference.

2. The wave functions of non-free particles … particles subjected to a continuous potential … are solutions to the Schroedinger equation.

3. Interactions at a distance … those continuous in space-time … do not localize the interacting particles. The charges of such particles are distributed in a cloud whose density is specified by |Y|2. Maxwell’s equations and the Lorentz force law apply, as does Newton’s 3rd law of action/reaction.

4. Contact interactions … collisions … localize the interacting particles, and the wave function is momentarily collapsed. Newton’s 3rd law of action/reaction applies during the collision.