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Problem 21 Easy Difficulty

The hydrogen atom is composed of one proton in the nucleus and one electron, which moves about the nucleus. In the quantum theory of atomic structure, it is assumed that the electron does not move in a well-defined orbit. Instead, it occupies a state known as an $ orbital $, which may be thought of as a "cloud" of negative charge surrounding the nucleus. At the state of lowest energy, called the $ ground state $, or $ 1s-orbital $, the shape of this cloud is assumed to be a sphere centered at the nucleus. This sphere is described in terms of the probability density function
$ p(r) = \frac{4}{a^3_0} r^2 e^{\frac{-2r}{a_0}} $ $ r \ge 0 $
where $ a_0 $ is the Bohr radius $ (a_0 \approx 5.59 \times 10^{-11} m) $. The integral
$$ P(r) = \int_0^r \frac{4}{a^3_0} s^2 e^{\frac{-2r}{a_0}}\ ds $$
gives the probability that the electron will be found within the sphere of radius $ r $ meters centered at the nucleus.
(a) Verify that $ p(r) $ is a probability density function.
(b) Find $ lim_{r\to\infty} p(r) $. For what value of $ r $ does $ p(r) $ have its maximum value?
(c) Graph the density function.
(d) Find the probability that the electron will be within the sphere of radius $ 4_{a_0} $ centered at the nucleus.
(e) Calculate the mean distance of the electron from the nucleus in the ground state of the hydrogen atom.


A. we have that $p$ is a probability density funtion.
B. $\lim _{r \rightarrow+\infty} p(r)=0$ and the value of $r$ at which $p$ is maximum is $r=a_{0}$
D. $P\left(4 a_{0}\right)=1-41 e^{-8}$
E. Mean distance of electron from the nucleus is $\frac{3 a_{0}}{2}$


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So We can solve that by saying the derivative equal to zero. So D. D. R. Of this expression for over a cubed R squared. Eat the negative to our over a. Yeah. Now we have to use the product rule. So let's do the derivative of the first. That's gonna be eight. Are a cubed needs negative to our over a plus the first time the derivative of the second, that's four over a Q R squared E two negative two are over A and using a general you get a negative two over a term there. Yeah. Now we can simplify this a little bit by factoring out a lot. We can factor out and eat and are and A to the third And an E 2 -2 are over a. What this leaves us with is the first term is just one. Second term is minus are over A. And this is all equal to zero. So this gives us our equals zero or are equals A. And it turns out that R equals A. Will give us the maximum because when you plug in R equals zero and 2 p. That just gives you zero back. So that can't be the maximum. So R equals A. Is the max here. I have graft the distribution we can see here is the maximum point. And that's going to be when R equals A. Yeah. I plotted the graph from 0-4 a. To match the next part. And so we can kind of get an idea of what percent. It's going to be in that region. Right off the bat. Yeah. Okay. Now on to party find the probability that the electron will be within the sphere of radius for a centered at the nucleus. That's gonna be the probability of for a. Which equals The integral from 0 to 4 a. Of P. S. Yes. Now, in a previous part, I found the anti derivative which is going to be the anti derivative is going to be negative too as squared over a squared E. to negative two s over a minus two S over a heat. And needed to s over a one is E. To the negative two S over A. And Instead of plugging in zero and infinity we're gonna plug into four a. So if we plug in for a here we're going to get negative. Mhm. Negative 16 over A. E. T. And the S over a. Actually that a cancer completely in the denominator. And then we have a minus eat E. 2 -2 S over a. And then we have a negative E. To negative S over a. Actually that first term Should be doubled. That's that's actually 32 here and the S. Is over. Aces can be simplified uh for a over A is just gonna be four. So all these become eat and negative eight mm. Okay. And then like before we attract a negative one So this comes one 41 E 2 -8 which is approximately 98.6%. Okay. Last part part E. It says to calculate the mean so the mean Is going to be equal to the integral from zero to infinity of S. P. M. S. Ds. So that integral, it's very similar to the integral we started off with except now we're going to have in as to the third. Just want to make sure that that is a cubed As to 3rd eat negative to S over A. Okay. And some are before we use integration by parts and when you do that you'll evaluate it out And you should get three a over two as the mean