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QM: 1D infinite square well

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A particle of mass m is in a one-dimensional infinite square well that extends from x = –a to x = a.



a) Find the energy eigenfunctions ψn (x) and corresponding eigenvalues En of this particle. (Hint: you may use the results of the book for an infinite square well between x=0 and x=a, appropriately modified!)

b) The parity operator Π is defined as: Π ψ(x) = ψ (–x) for any function ψ(x). Does Π commute with the Hamiltonian H of this particle?

c) Are the energy eigenfunctions ψn (x) also eigenfunctions of Π and, if yes, with what eigenvalue each?



The wavefunction of the particle at some initial time is ψ = C sin |πx/a| , with C a real positive constant. ( ψ = 0 for |x| > a )



d) Normailize the wavefunction by calculating the appropriate value of C.

e) Calculate the expectation value of the energy of this particle.

f) Is the above wavefunction an eigenfunction of Π and, if yes, with what eigenvalue?

g) What is the probability that a measurement of the energy of this particle will yield the value E2 ? (Hint: the result of (c) and (f) may help you.)

Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.
 

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Hi.

I would like to help you, but please give it a try first, then we can look at it together.
 

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