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Homework Help: Probability of finding a particle in a 1D box

  1. Feb 10, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If a one-dimensional box is 1 nm long, what is the probability of finding the particle between the following limits?
    (a) x = 0 nm and x = 0.05 nm
    (b) x = 0.55 nm and x = 0.65 nm

    2. Relevant equations
    ψ = (2/L)½ sin(πx/L)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    (I do chemistry and I'm really terrible at physics so apologies if this makes no sense) So that's the equation I was given. But then the probability is ψ2 which = 2/L sin2 (πx/L).
    And to find the probability between x = 0.55 nm and x = 0.65 nm I need to integrate this between those values. So that's what I've done putting L = 1 (but it's in nm?)
    0.650.55 ψ2(x)dx and then I get (πx−(sin(2πx)/2))π + C and then the rest is pretty difficult to type out but I basically end up with an answer of 0.1796. Any help would be much appreciated.
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  3. Feb 10, 2015 #2


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    You can plug in "1nm", but working in nanometers everywhere will give the correct result as well.

    The answer looks reasonable. As a cross-check, you can calculate the probability between 0 nm and 0.5 nm or between 0 nm and 1 nm as those probabilities are easy to get in a direct way.
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