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- | The answer can be found through the [[theories:quantum_mechanics:path_integral|path integral formulation]] of [[theories:quantum_mechanics:canonical|quantum mechanics]]. The thing is that a particle really has some probability to go all possible ways. However, the classical path is the most probable path, because paths close this this path infer constructively and hence yield a big probability. In contrast, for other paths far aways from the classical path the interference is destructive and hence the probability is tiny. The path with minimal action gives the biggest contribution to the path integral in the classical limit $\hbar \to 0$. | + | The answer can be found through the [[theories:quantum_mechanics:path_integral|path integral formulation]] of [[theories:quantum_mechanics:canonical|quantum mechanics]]. The thing is that a particle really has some probability to go all possible ways. However, the classical path is the most probable path, because paths close this this path interfere constructively and hence yield a big probability. In contrast, for other paths far aways from the classical path the interference is destructive and hence the probability is tiny. The path with minimal action gives the biggest contribution to the path integral in the classical limit $\hbar \to 0$. |

This is explained nicely in Section 3 [[https://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0004090.pdf|here]]. | This is explained nicely in Section 3 [[https://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0004090.pdf|here]]. |

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