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Kinetic energy in a finite square well potential

  1. May 9, 2007 #1

    I have a quick question: While working on a problem involving a particle in a harmonic oscillator potential, I had to compute the average kinetic energy at t=0. My question is: would that average kinetic energy be the same or different if the particle was in the same state, but in a finite square well potential?
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  3. May 9, 2007 #2

    This seems an undefinite question. The kinetic energy of the particle in some potential depends on the size of the potential, i.e. the size of the potential is a parameter that one can change and hence one change the kinetic energy. Therefore, one can adjust the size of the potentail slowly( or adiabatically) to reach that kinetic energy is the same. It's my opinion only.
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