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Spring 2008 Reinhardt and Stanich Hour exam #1, 50 minutes in class. 100 points.
No Calculators or electronic devices of any type may be used on or during this exam! Each student may have one (1) handwritten 5 by 8 inch note card. Note that all answers must be supported by “work clearly shown”, or a
an explicit explanation in words of how the result was arrived at! No work = no credit! (& we mean that...). Show all work on the exam
paper....it you need to use “the back of a page” this must be indicated
on the front of the same page.... BUT, when explanations are required, often we are looking for just
“a few words.” So be as brie as ssible & don’t start writing paragraphs!
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Signature: (Your signature implies that all work shown is your own, and that you have no accessed any information
beyond than hand written on your 5 x 8” card, and have received help from no one but your TA or
Professsor.) Points Problem #1
Problem #2 Problem #3 Total Cum“, on LQS‘F Problem #1 (40 points) Particle on a RING of circumference “a”, ( a = 2m). Consider the “first excited state, or n = 1” wavefunction for a particle of mass m moving freely on
a ring of circumference “a”. 0<= x <= 3 is a measure of distance around the ring. Assuming that the
normalized wavefunction is: 1p(x) = i/(Z/a) cos(291:X/a) a) (5 points) Sketch the wavefunction over the range 0 < x < a. You may imagine that this may be drawn
along a straight line, with points “0” and “a” representing the same point. OR you may draw the wave function around the circle. Your choice!
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same graphical representation as in part “a)”, above. . " n
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value? Why? (be brief!) OLC [hrDL 0(1 WEUKV is j I v Q ' \( QA 04" “d fContinued on next page ...... “(3%" iii) What two boundary conditions should the stationary state wavefunction
satisfy at the point 0 = 3? Just state them! 94¢ch W6.)
K7000] 3%9/1/ iv) In your sketch of part “a)”, above are these conditions met? How can you
tell? Be brieﬂ ye) A’LL bt/Lﬁl/Lthx Vl/vﬁxV «4‘5“ mm/k WLQJLV JMJOWLX 74%“ 560W}. 44““.
WLpVI’LL‘ v) If you were to make a large number of measurements of the position of the
particle, where each time the system was initially prepared in the above 11 = 1
energy eigenstate, sketch a “histogram” of the results you might expect. Use
the same graphical representation as you used in in part a. What
“interpretaion of the waw—ﬁmction are you 72(usingjglzél< make this histogram? «if 91» X d) (10 points) Is the above function is an eigenﬁmcgion of KEX°p ? Clearly indicate the eigenvalue in terms
of m, a, h, and other appropriate constants. Show all work... L {5‘ Are’ (“f/(ﬁx _: 2km» (“)(7E‘X) I/g)
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Eigenvalue= k KZWIA’D e) (10 points) Is the above ﬁmction an engenfuction of Px “P ? Clearly indicate the eigenvalue In terms of
m, a, h, and other appropriate constants. Show all work" /\ Ark] 1" 5(7Trg):2 TA'L /L 3M( (”NIX igenvalue= “7%L ‘ ~/l/L/l/ M Qr2wl" %M4Jtu«/ Ra} ”W £[3QWaC/Lvip‘rl: “ Problem #2. 35 points. Operators and commutation relations. Consider the operatrors PX"p =' ih d/dx; and X0], = x. a) 7 points: what is the result of applying these operators to a diﬁ'erentiable and normalized wave
fucntion, f(x), in the order: Px°pX°pf(x). Show all work. ”1112 éy(x)¢m) 2: «Via A“) Ail/T XABILY/ b) 7 points: what is the result of applying these operators to a diﬂ‘erentiable and normalized wave
fucntion, f(x), in the order: X°PPX°P(X). Show all work. Marta W C as}??? c) 7 points: What, then, follows from applying the operator [Px°p,X°P] (aka the commutator) to this
same function f(x)? £?°’J><"léw: W? W »— xy/it’taw 3/:
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d) 7 points: What then is the “operator value’ of the! commutator [Px°",X°"]? (Hint: remove the ﬁx) ﬁom part c) above!)
jaw]: jigI m ”Yul/HQ) e) 7 points. Suppose operator B is for YOU(!) to take two steps forward in the direction you are
facing, and operator A is to take two steps forward in the direction you are facing and turn around
180 degrees. What is the “value of the commutator” [A,B]? Drawing a graph may help. (Hint, if the motions
described by A, B above are though of as operations, what operation corresponds to [A,B] thought
of as a combination of the motions AB and BA?) If this is not evident in a few seconds, move on! Use the back of the page for discussion, if needed! But don’t get stuck on this problem: move on
if you don’t see what to do! xg‘iﬁ {AB 33Aﬂ ”(KA /]Lh (I hath/Q” 9A M w, ‘
$71)“; /%M\ I" ‘1 ”£ng :YWavﬂi‘ Problem #3 (25 points). Experimental foundations of Quantum Theory (this is problem 19 from McQ, on
list of your suggested review problems, and is also Worked Example 12, p 7 of McQ, one of which was
promised to be an exam problem.) At last you get to “do an integral” although likely not the one you
expected... Integrating the Planck distribution over all frequencies, v, gives the total radiation density as a function of
absolute temperature T. The result is T to a power, i.e TN. You problem is to determine the numerical
value of this “power N”. ~ 8 h 00
Ema]: 73]; —————(e(_k,%’_’;_ 1) aZv. Given the integral: 1: (eff 1) (ix: g make a suitable change of variables determine the power of T which determines the total equilib rium radiation density of a body at temperature T. (Hint, try, for example, x = hvlkT, and show
all work!) , ' " The exponent of T is , a result called the StephanBoltzmann Law
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