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Homework Help: Finding the factor by which two operators differ.

  1. Nov 27, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I have two operators

    1/2(A^B^+B^A^) 2

    By what factor do the two operators differ?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I believe I either have to find the inner products of them and relate them somehow or use commutation?
    Not sure which one!
    I dont want help with the maths as I really need to try figure that bit out myself! But im not quite sure what the question is asking me to do.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 27, 2012 #2
    Shouldn't the question read "By what factor do the two operations differ"?
    That is the result of the two operations differ by only a factor, or one answer is a factor of the other.
  4. Nov 27, 2012 #3
    Thats not how the question is worded :/ Would maybe make more sense like that...But it definately says by what factor do the two operators given differ.
  5. Nov 28, 2012 #4
    That doesn't make sense. Operators are defined a certain way and give variable results when operating on the operands. So I would think they intended to write 'operations'. If that is what they realy intended why would they give two equations then?
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