group Small Group Activity
120 min.
group Small Group Activity
120 min.
assignment Homework
assignment Homework
Remember that the delta function is defined so that \[ \delta(x-a)= \begin{cases} 0, &x\ne a\\ \infty, & x=a \end{cases} \]
Also: \[\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \delta(x-a)\, dx =1\].
assignment Homework
keyboard Computational Activity
120 min.
inner product wave function quantum mechanics particle in a box
Students compute inner products to expand a wave function in a sinusoidal basis set. This activity introduces the inner product for wave functions, and the idea of approximating a wave function using a finite set of basis functions.Consider the following wave functions (over all space - not the infinite square well!):
\(\psi_a(x) = A e^{-x^2/3}\)
\(\psi_b(x) = B \frac{1}{x^2+2} \)
\(\psi_c(x) = C \;\mbox{sech}\left(\frac{x}{5}\right)\) (“sech” is the hyperbolic secant function.)
In each case: