Unformatted text preview: ordinates, we say that it is separable, and as you see its solution is trivial in those cases. A separ -able Hamiltonian means that the motion of the particle in each coordinate is independent of the mo-tion in the other coordinates. This is not the case in general; any potential field that depends simul -taneously on x and on y would make the x motion coupled to the y motion; in that case, the eigen-states would no longer be expressible in product form....
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