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Homework Help: What is the physical meaning of this eqn

  1. Mar 28, 2006 #1
    I am doing a research about the wave function. I am planning on take ing teh way function and changing the power on the x.
    m(d^(2)x/dt^(2)) + kx^n =0

    What is the physical meaning when you do make the x rasied to some power?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Mar 28, 2006 #2

    arildno

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    If n is not 1, but odd, you could call it a non-linear oscillator.
     
  4. Mar 28, 2006 #3

    nrqed

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    Arildno gave a good answer.
    Note: you should not call x(t) a "wavefunction". A wavefunction would be, say y(x,t) for a transverse wave on a string (as one example).
     
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