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SWE Solutions' General Form

  1. Nov 1, 2009 #1
    I'm learning how to solve the Schrodinger wave equation and I know that the solutions are of the general form:

    [tex]\Psi[/tex](x) = A sin kx + B cos kx

    This was given to us, but where did it come from? Is it the fact that the wave could be a sine or cosine wave, and the other constant multiplier (A or B) can then be set to zero using boundary conditions? Or is there something more complicated going on here?
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  3. Nov 2, 2009 #2
    ψ (x) = A sin kx + B cos kx
    is derived from
    ψ" (x) = -k^2 ψ (x)
    which is derived from
    (-i hbar ∂/∂x)^2/2m ψ (x) = hbar^2 k^2/2m ψ (x)
    which is stationary SWE in the system of no potential energy with energy eigenvalue hbar^2 k^2/2m.
    A and B are chosen to meet the boundary conditions.
  4. Nov 2, 2009 #3
    Ooooookay, that makes sense. I wasn't sure where (or even if) -k^2 came into play here, but now that you showed me, I should have seen it. I didn't even think of reducing h, but that makes a lot more sense. Thanks a lot for the response.
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