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Separation of variables, Schrodinger's Equation.
For the first part of a physics homework question, I am given an equation and am told to separate the variables in a certain way. I am pretty sure this is part of ordinary differential equations, which I have never learned. (Not a pre or corequisite of my course.) Here is what I am asked  any help would be appreciated! Thank you!
The Schrodinger equation for two dimensions is \[(\frac{\delta ^2}{\delta x^2} \frac{\delta ^2}{\delta y^2}) \psi (x,y) =  \frac{2m(EU)}{\hbar ^2} \psi (x,y)\]
U is constant.
I am supposed to "separate variables by trying a solution of the form \[\psi (x,y) = f(x) g(y)\] then dividing by \[f(x) g(y)\]." It also says to call the separation constants \[C_x \]and\[ C_y\]
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Separation of variables, Schrodinger's Equation. For the first part of a physics homework question, I am given an equation and am told to separate the variables in a certain way. I am pretty sure this is part of ordinary differential equations, which I have never learned. (Not a pre or corequisite of my course.) Here is what I am asked  any help would be appreciated! Thank you! The Schrodinger equation for two dimensions is \[(\frac{\delta ^2}{\delta x^2} \frac{\delta ^2}{\delta y^2}) \psi (x,y) =  \frac{2m(EU)}{\hbar ^2} \psi (x,y)\] U is constant. I am supposed to "separate variables by trying a solution of the form \[\psi (x,y) = f(x) g(y)\] then dividing by \[f(x) g(y)\]." It also says to call the separation constants \[C_x \]and\[ C_y\]
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I'm sorry I'm a bit rusty on def eq, maybe Paul's could help? http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/Classes/CalcIII/CalcIII.aspx He has a dif eq page
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank you for looking at it! :) I'll check it out!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Np, and you can always look at khan academy They might have something on Schrodinger's
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank you for your help! Let's see how fast I can learn this stuff!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
haha quantum mechanics?
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
http://www.khanacademy.org/math/differentialequations/firstorderdifferentialequations/differentialequationsintro/v/whatisadifferentialequation I didn't watch it but I think this is your problem :)
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Yep! Or at least this ODE stuff! I mean, can't be that hard.. Quantum Mechanics... The course is on waveparticle theory... I think they should include more math as a prerequisite! Calc 3 is the only math corequisite. I guess it would make the degree take a lot longer to get, though, if ODE was required.. Back to work, now!....
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank you for all your help!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
And have a good night! :)
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
woww... ok well now that I'm curious if I get it I'll post it. Good luck, and good night!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Haha, okay! Please don't tax yourself for my sake!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
nah I have PDE over the summer so it should be a good review. ODE is in the fall too so I should practice :)
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I see! God luck in both! I'll be taking ODE in the fall, but reading about it over the summer!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I apologize if this problem does end up involving physics!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
meh it might but it's still fun for a nerd like me
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
ok need more info, do you know the values for m, E, and h bar?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Constant... h bar is 1.055*10^34 [some units]. I imagine that they should stay in the equations, too, to be exact. I'm sorry I didn't say that they're all constant! That is a physics part... My bad! :\ The book didn't specify in the question, because it's taken for granted in a physics context.
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
ahh then it's not bad I'm going to simplify that fraction to P ok?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Watching Khan Academy's video you sent me, the "solution" thing makes so much more sense! I need to use ODE stuff to find \[\psi(x,y)\]and it should then, somehow, be expressed as a function of x multiplied by a function of y. The "P" thing is fine with me!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
well it's actually a PDE, due to the partials give me a few more minutes and I'll have it(hopefully)
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank you! It doesn't hurt if you don't get it  so no pressure! You've already helped so much!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
http://www.math.umn.edu/~olver/pd_/sv.pdf p 123 should help
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I think it's in Greek though. Just kidding.... Thank you! I'll read more than the first sentence now...
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
p 122 at the bottom
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
It is almost exactly your problem :)
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank you! Very much! I'll continue to look at it. I added it to my favorites, too. If you ever need help with something I might know, tag me if you want a hand. I owe you. I don't get on Open Study much because I have been very busy with my own work, but at least my email will have a notification. I don't know how much help I could, be, but I can try.
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Np and your welcome, I hate physics so hopefully I can avoid it, but at least now I know who to call for help ;) If you need any Calc 3 or upper math help you can still ask me, I should be at grad student level this time next year (fingers crossed) and random questions like this are good practice. Good luck with finals!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Cool, good luck! Yeah, if they stick you in a physics course for fun, I'll do my best to help! :)
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
b) For an infinite well,\[U=\left(\begin{matrix} 0 & 0<x<L, 0<y<L \\ \infty & otherwise \end{matrix} \right)\] What should f(x) and g(y_ be outside this well? What functions would be acceptable standingwave solutions for f(x) and g(y) inside the well? Are \[C_x\]and\[C_y\] positive, negative, or zero? Imposing appropriate conditions, find the allowed values of Cx and Cy.
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
c) How many independent quantum numbers are there? d) Find the allowed energies E. e) Are there energies for which there is not a unique corresponding wave function?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Not a problem! Enjoy! If possible! :P
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
haha i am sure i will
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
That's scary. Kidding!
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I think the solution was:\[\frac{\delta ^2 f(x)}{f(x) \delta x^2}+\frac{\delta ^2 g(y)}{g(y) \delta y^2}=\frac{2m(EU)}{\hbar ^2}\] I Think that was it... And \[\frac{\delta ^2 f(x)}{f(x) \delta x^2}=C_x\]\[\frac{\delta ^2 g(y)}{g(y) \delta y^2}=C_y\]since the two terms are independent and add up to be a constant.
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I'll ask a few people I know who are really good at this cause it's bothering me lol
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Maybe it was physicsrelated! I know that separation of variables is an ODE procedure and is very helpful in physics, though!
 11 months ago

FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
lol did you at least get the answer?
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I think that my post from 3 days ago is the answer. I based it on some other math in the textbook that I didn't understand. It was a similar process, in the book.
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
hmm ok well good luck with finals!
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
and you can bet I'll be hitting you up for physics help in the future
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Also on second look and seeing that the end result is a constant, i agree with your answer
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Sounds good! I like Open Study, so I should be on every once in a while! And I'll have more free time next semester. I'll be on in the summer, too. Yeah! The two terms on the left must be constant because the terms are independent of each other and they add up to a constant! I learned that. And it makes sense, where independent here means that a change in the left term will not affect the value of the right term, which must be added to the left term to arrive at a constant.
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FibonacciChick666Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I'll be here too and yea i kept forgetting that that big fraction was a constant lol
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theEricBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Yeah, tougher when it's less native to you!! Good luck in PDE! I'll be reading a book from Amazon to learn ODE so it's not as bad in the fall.
 11 months ago
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