The above animations represent possible stationary-state wave functions for potentials in 1 dimension.
a. Which of the 9 wave functions could be a stationary-state wave function? Why or why not?
b. In one dimension the units associated with the above wave functions are:
- None, it is dimensionless.
- 1 / length.
- 1 / (length)^1/2.
- 1 / (length)^2.
- 1 / (length)^3/2.
Question b is inspired by D. Styer, Common Misconceptions Regarding Quantum Mechanics, American Journal of Physics, 64, p. 31-34 (1996).
Script by Mario Belloni.
Questions by Mario Belloni and Larry Cain.
Java applets by Wolfgang Christian