Schrödinger's equation can be considered as a diffusion equation with a diffusion coefficient β 2 = / 2 m. In this article, we explore the implications of this view. Rewriting the wave function in a polar form and transforming Schrödinger's equation into two real equations, we show that one of them reduces to the continuity equation, and the other, a nonlinear dynamical equation for the probability density. Considering these two equations as if they were the basic equations of quantum mechanics, we apply them to several one-dimensional quantum systems. We show the dispersive properties in the probability densities of stationary states of a particle in a rigid box and in harmonic potential; quasi-classical Gaussian probability densities of a free particle; and coherent states and squeezed states of the harmonic oscillator. We also present the soliton as a quantum mechanical representation of a free particle. We discuss the meaning of the diffusion coefficient β 2 for each quantum system using a density plot.

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