One-Dimensional Wave Function: Born’s Rule, Sandwich Integral and Overlap Rules

At time t=0 a particle is described by the one-dimensional wave function

where k and α are real positive constants.

(a) State Born’s rule in the context of one-dimensional wave mechanics and explain why this rule leads to the requirement for wave functions to be normalized. Verify that the wave function Ψ(x, 0) in Equation 1 is normalized.

(b) Write down the sandwich integral rule for the expectation value of momentum. Hence find the expectation value of the momentum, < px >, in the state described by Ψ(x, 0).

(c) Given that in the state described by Ψ(x, 0), what is the uncertainty of the momentum, ∆px, in this state?

(d) Suppose that the particle is in a potential energy well with the normalized ground-state energy eigenfunction

and corresponding energy eigenvalue E0. Use the overlap rule to find the probability that a measurement of the particle’s energy at time t=0 will give the ground-state energy, E0. (Your answer should be a function of α and k.)


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