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Homework Help: Normalising a wavefunction

  1. May 5, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Assuming the five basis atomic orbitals are normalised use the Huckel approximations to normalise the wavefunction for the cyclopentadienyl radical
    Wavefunction = [tex]\phi_{1}+\phi_{2}+\phi_{3}+\phi_{4}+\phi_{5} [/tex].

    2. Relevant equations

    I know that [tex]\phi_{i}\phi_{j}[/tex] = 1 if i=j and 0 otherwise and I know that to normalise a wavefunction you square it and times by a constant.

    In the end I got N=1/5
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  3. May 6, 2012 #2


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    You're close, but you have things in wrong order.

    First, you multiply the wavefunction by a constant.

    Then you square it.

    Following my suggestion will change that answer.
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