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Does anyone know how to construct a Time-independent wave function with given energies and probability on obtaining energies.

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Does anyone know how to construct a Time-independent wave function with given energies and probability on obtaining energies.

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Are you asking about constructing an initial wave function, [tex]\Psi (x,0)[/tex], for a particle in a potential given that information?

If so, what you are describing can be done by using the expansion theorem. Using that theorem, you can express a general time-independent wave function as an infinite sum of the energy eigenstates:

[tex]| \Psi > = \sum_n^{\infty} C_n |n> [/tex]

where [tex]|n> [/tex] is the wave function for the energy E_n and C_n is the probability for measuring that energy.

I can't offer anything more specific given that information, but if you have a homework problem or something similar involving this, please post it in the homework help forum and I'll help you if I can.

If so, what you are describing can be done by using the expansion theorem. Using that theorem, you can express a general time-independent wave function as an infinite sum of the energy eigenstates:

[tex]| \Psi > = \sum_n^{\infty} C_n |n> [/tex]

where [tex]|n> [/tex] is the wave function for the energy E_n and C_n is the probability for measuring that energy.

I can't offer anything more specific given that information, but if you have a homework problem or something similar involving this, please post it in the homework help forum and I'll help you if I can.

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Ψ(x,0) = 1/sqrt(2)*φ1 + sqrt(2/5)*φ3 + 1/sqrt(10)*φ5

where φn = sqrt(2/a)*sin(n*pi*x/a)

Is this unique why or why not? I'm thinking that it has something to do with all odd Energies.

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