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Homework Help: Question about normalization of wavefunction

  1. Sep 18, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    how to set up integrals for normalization of sin([itex]\theta[/itex])e^(-i[itex]\phi[/itex])

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Sep 18, 2011 #2
    Can you give any more detail as to what you're doing? In general a normalized wave function would work along the following lines




    with the limits of integration being from -[itex]\infty[/itex] to +[itex]\infty[/itex]
  4. Sep 18, 2011 #3
    I know it needs to be switched to polar coordinates and your equation you posted is correct. I know that it is normalizable (1=int(psi^2dv) over all space, i just need a confirmation of the correct set up of the integral and the bounds. i've tried it several different ways with different bounds and I haven't gotten it to be one.
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  6. Sep 18, 2011 #5


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  7. Sep 18, 2011 #6
    Ok I've set up the integral like this:[itex]\oint[/itex]sin[itex]^{3}[/itex][itex]\theta[/itex]*dv with the bounds being 0 to 2pi for phi, and 0 to pi for theta. I left out r because it will make the integral go to infinity, but I'm still getting a pi in the answer. when I left out the phi part of the integral I got 4/3. what am I doing wrong?
  8. Sep 18, 2011 #7


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