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Quantum mech problem

  1. Jan 30, 2005 #1
    Hi, I'm not sure this is the correct topic for this question, but I shall ask anyway.

    I've been set this question for homework and I'm not too sure where to start.

    Find N so that the state |U> with Schrodinger position representation wavefunction U(x) = N exp(-((x-y)^2)/2a^2) is normalised, where a and y are real constants.

    Hopefully from there I will be able to do the rest of the question.
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  3. Jan 30, 2005 #2
    Do you know what 'normalised' means? Look it up!
  4. Jan 30, 2005 #3
    Ok this could make me look like an idiot either way (probably coz I'm not too sure of what I'm about to say, I should listen more), but I think it means that if I integrate U(x) from -infinte to +infinite then the answer should be 1. If it is I feel kinda silly not havin thought of doin that.
  5. Jan 30, 2005 #4


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    No,u have to integrate the square modulus...of the wave function.

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