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GR0877 Problem 25

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SOLUTION: (E) The only choice which guarantees that the functions are both normalized \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \psi_i^*(x) \psi_i (x) dx = 1 and mutually orthogonal \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \psi_i^*(x) \psi_j (x) dx = 0 for all i and j  is (E).

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  1. cizmoe
    09.11.2011 at 05:06

    To elaborate, (a) and (b) don’t make any sense and can be eliminated, while (c) is the condition for orthogonality, (d) is the condition for normalization, and (e) is by definition the condition for functions that are normalized and mutually orthogonal AKA orthonormal.

    OR in Dirac notation if you prefer, (c) =0, (d) =1, (e) =\delta_{ij}

    • 09.11.2011 at 09:45

      To write latex formulas, please use this notation:
      DOLLARSIGNlatex your_formulaDOLLARSIGN
      without space between dollar sign and the word ‘latex’. I’ve edited your comments.

  2. Joseph
    04.06.2015 at 04:18

    To elaborate, answer E has what’s known as the Kronecker delta function, where,
    \delta_{i,j}= \begin{cases}             1, &         \text{if } i=j,\\             0, &         \text{if } i\neq j.     \end{cases}

    Which satisfies both the wave function equaling 0 and 1, depending on i,j

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