Wave function in SHM

1. Saxby

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What is the wave function of a simple harmonic wave?

y(x,t)=Asin(ωt+kx)

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3. sleepycoffee

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y(x,t)=Asin(ωt+kx) is the equation of motion for a simple harmonic oscillator.

You get this by solving Newton's force law..

$F=ma=-kx \\ ma+kx=0 \\ a+\frac{k}{m}x=0$
Or you can write

$\ddot{x}+\frac{k}{m}x=0$

This is a differential equation, solved by Asin(ωt+kx), where $\omega = \sqrt{\frac{k}{m}}$.

Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
4. Jorriss

He was asking for the wave function. You need to solve it with the Schrodinger equation, not Newtons laws.

5. sleepycoffee

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This is posted in classical physics, however.. and in any case if it is undergoing simple harmonic motion then it isn't a quantum harmonic oscillator, so I don't see any reason to be messing around with Schrodingers.

6. Jorriss

Fair enough, it is a bit ambiguous eh?