# Quantum Mechanics: Particle in a Box Periodic BC's

## Homework Statement

The question says to solve the Schrodinger equation for a particle in a box with periodic conditions and then it gives.
ψ(0)=ψ(a)

## The Attempt at a Solution

I used the above BC and I also did it as its derivative. (It wasn't stated but I assumed it was implied. I had no other way to solve for anything.)

Here is my work..
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I was able to get the Energies, but I now have nothing left to solve for A and B! I was thinking of setting ψ(0)=0 or ψ(a)=0 but I don't know if this is correct because it is the same as the non-periodic condition.

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Hi.
A box is bended so that point x=0 and point x=a coincide. derivatives and value of wave function coincide there. That might be an interpretation for your question.

The norm of the wave function must be 1. This is the missing condition.

I did the normalization and came to the following...
$$A=\sqrt{\frac{2}{a}-B^2}$$

I still need one more condition to solve for A and B....

You have two unknowns, A and B. You have two equations relating them with each other and a. I do not think you need anything else.

vela
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