# Homework Help: Harmonic oscillator derivation of wave functions

1. Jul 15, 2012

### jtaa

here is a link to the pdf file with my question and answershttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/2399196/harmonic%20osc.pdf

i'm not sure where to start, because i dont want to assume anything that i haven't been given.
i'm stuck on part (iv) where i have to derive explicit expressions for 2 wave functions.

thanks!

2. Jul 15, 2012

### gabbagabbahey

Well, from your 2 expressions for $H$ you have

$$\left( \frac{1}{2}\hat{p}^2+\frac{1}{2}\hat{x}^2\right) \Psi_0(x)=\hbar\left(\hat{N}+\frac{1}{2} \right)\Psi_0(x) = \frac{\hbar}{2}\Psi_0(x)$$

So, if you express $\hat{p}^2$ and $\hat{x}^2$ in the $x$-basis, you will have a differential equation you can solve for $\Psi_0(x)$

3. Jul 16, 2012

### jtaa

Last edited: Jul 16, 2012
4. Jul 16, 2012

### vela

Staff Emeritus
This is a topic covered in many quantum mechanics and mathematical methods texts. I'd suggest you start there.

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