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This is a problem from Merzbacher.

Assuming a particle to be in one of the stationary states of an infinitely high one-dimensional box, calculate the uncertainties in position and momentum, and show that they agree with the Heisenberg uncertainty relation. Also show that in the limit of very large quantum numbers the uncertainty in $x$ equals the root-mean-square deviation of the position of a particle moving in the enclosure classically with the same energy.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

For most of the grunt work please see the attached pdf that I texed.

The first part of this question is quite straightforward and poses no issues, however I'm having problems when it comes to the last part. Specifically I don't know how to find the standard deviation (<x> and <x^2>). Isn't <x> just a/2 (the middle of the well)? And if this is the case how could I find this quantitatively? My guess would be to start with v=x/T, where T is the period and x=2a, but not terribly sure where to go from here. Thoughts??

Thanks!

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# Homework Help: Classical vs quantum infinite potential well

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