qmwaveequation03152001 - Waves and the Schroedinger...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Waves and the Schroedinger Equation 5 april 2010 1 The Wave Equation We have seen from previous discussions that the wave-particle duality of matter requires we describe entities through some wave-form based represe- nation. The most natural consideration are classical waves, and arriving at a way to describe their spatial and temporal evolution. In the following discussion, pursuing this description for quantum entities will lead us to the Schroedinger equation, our starting point for treating atomic and molecular systems. The motion of classical, non-dispersive waves requires some deFnitions: frequency = 1 T = ν wavelength = λ velocity = v = λν A general expression for a wave moving in the +x direction: ψ ( x, t ) = A sin ± 2 π ² x λ - t T ³´ ψ ( x, t ) = A sin ±² 2 πx λ - 2 πt T ³´ ψ ( x, t ) = A sin ( kx - ωt ) wavevector, k k = | k | = 2 π λ wave vector units of inverse length ( 1 length ) Recall: λ = h p (1) 1
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Angular frequency (radians/second) ω = 2 πν Note that a phase-shift can be introduced in order to change the origin of the waveform: ψ ( x, t ) = A sin ( kx - ωt + φ ) Now, let’s consider stationary, or standing, waves ; for such entities, the nodes remain Fxed in time and space (though the wave is moving with velocity, v). Standing waves are generated from interference of waves of equal frequency and amplitude traveling in opposite directions . ψ ( x, t ) = A sin ( kx - ωt ) + A sin ( kx + ωt ) ψ ( x, t ) = 2 Asin ( kx ) cos ( ωt ) ψ ( x, t ) = ψ ( x ) cos ( ωt ) (2) ψ ( x, t ) = ψ ( x ) | {z } time - independent cos ( ωt ) | {z } time - dependent Thus, from the last expression, we see that stationary waves have Fxed nodal points; zero amplitude versus time at Fxed points). Now, we have gone about things in a reverse manner, but we can consider the following. We have written a representation of a wave-particle entity as a sinusoidal function.
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 05/10/2011 for the course CHEM 444 taught by Professor Dybowski,c during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

Page1 / 6

qmwaveequation03152001 - Waves and the Schroedinger...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online