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Homework Help: Schrodringer's Equation (Quantum Phys)

  1. Mar 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In Eq. 38-18 Keep both terms, putting A=B=Ψo. The equation then describes the superposition of two matter waves of equal amplitude, travelling in opposite directions.(Recall that this is the condition for a standing wave.)
    (a) Show that |Ψ(x,t)|^2=2Ψo^2[1+Cos(2kx)]
    (b) Plot tihs function, and demonstrate that it describes the square of the amplitude of a standing matter wave.
    (c) Show that the nodes of this standing wave are located at
    x=(2n+1)1/4(λ) where n=1,2,3,. . .
    and λ is the de Broglie wavelength of the particle.
    (d) Write a similar expression for the most probable locations of the particle.

    2. Relevant equations
    (1) Ψ(x,t)=Ae^[i(kx-wt)]+Be^[-i(kx-wt)] (this is Eq. 38-18)
    (2) λ=h/p (de Broglie wavelength)
    (3) e^(iθ)=cosθ+isinθ
    (4) e^(-iθ)=cosθ-isinθ

    3. The attempt at a solution

    What i did was took equation 1 above and substituted B in for A on the first part. That gave me

    I then substituted (kx-wt) for θ so that I could use equations 3 and 4. This yielded(after some algebra):

    Next i used the angle difference formula to separate the KX and WT and then I squared both sides of the equations. After about 4 more lines of work and some degree reducing I ended with and have hit a roadblock:

    4B^2=cos(kx)cos(wt)Cos(kx-wt)+ (1-cos2kx)/2 + (1-cos2wt)/2

    The last two terms were sin^2(kx) sin^2(wt) but i reduced the degrees because the final equation i'm looking for is all cosines.
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  3. Mar 19, 2010 #2


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    Are you sure you copied equation 38-18 correctly?
  4. Mar 19, 2010 #3
    Yes it is a solution to Schrodinger's equation for a free particle traveling in an arbitrary "x" direction.
  5. Mar 19, 2010 #4


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    Well, the sign of ω is incorrect in the second term.
  6. Mar 19, 2010 #5
    Oops, I do have it copied correctly in my notes, just not in my post.
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