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We are asked to verify that the following equation is a solution to the Schrodinger wave equation for a free particle:

Psi(x,t) = Ae^i(kx-wt) - Ae^-i(kx+wt)

I did that part just fine, but then we are asked to show that this wave equation can be rewritten as

Psi(x,t) = 2AiSinkxe^(-iwt)

and answer the question: What kind of wave of this?

So far the only thing I can come up with is

Psi(x,t) = 2AiSin(kx)cost(wt)

Which doesn't seem compatible at all.

Can anyone show me how this is the same equation? and if you know 'what kind of wave' this is that would be very helpful too.

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