(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Consider two normalised, orthogonal solutions of the TDSE

(Note all my h's here are meant to be h-bar, I'm not sure how to get a bar through them).

[itex]\Psi_1 = \psi_1 (x) e^{-E_1 it/h}[/itex]

[itex]\Psi_2 = \psi_2 (x) e^{-E_2 it/h}[/itex]

Consider the wavefunction

[itex] \Phi = \sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}\Psi_1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}\Psi_2 [/itex]

Which is also a normalised solution to the TDSE. Any linear superposition of solutions to the TDSE is also a solution.

2. Relevant equations

The TDSE is;

[itex]\widehat{H}\Phi = ih\frac{\delta}{\delta t}\Phi[/itex]

3. The attempt at a solution

This isn't a question, I've just gone to pursue the statement that the linear superposition is also a solution. I can't see to show it though.

Using [itex] \Phi = \sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}\Psi_1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}\Psi_2 [/itex]

[itex]\widehat{H}\Phi = ih\frac{\delta}{\delta t}\Phi = \sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}E_1\psi_1 (x) e^{-E_1 it/h} + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}E_2\psi_2 (x) e^{-E_2 it/h}[/itex]

Which I cannot manage to get in to the form

[itex] (\sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}E_1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}E_2)\Phi [/itex]

Which is the form is should be in if it was a solution surely?

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# Homework Help: Linear superposition of solutions is a solution of TDSE

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