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Learning Exercise

Material: Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
Submitted by: John Walkup on Jun 04, 2001
Date Last Modified: Jun 04, 2001
Title: Quantum Physics Web Assignment No. 1
Description: Web assignment using an embedded Java applet by Wolfgang Christian that tests user on their understanding of eigenvalues and eigenenergies of the infinite square well. Also, the user is demonstrated why boundary conditions impose a discrete spectrum on a bound potential problem.
Time Required Under an hour.
Topics: Wave functions, square well potential, probability amplitude, energy eigenvalues, discrete spectrum,
numerical solution to the Schroedinger equation.
Course: Second semester, introductory physics; modern physics; introductory quantum physics.
Prerequisites Skills: An understanding of basic quantum physics and the meaning of the
wave function, eigenvalue problem, and boundary conditions.
Learning Objectives: To enhance a student's understanding of the meaning of eigenenergies and eigenfunctions, and why boundary conditions produce a discrete energy spectrum.
Text of Learning Exercise: See
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