Have you ever realized that you have forgot the boundary conditions?

Once in a while, you will forget about the boundary conditions. Today, I am going to be talking about the Time dependent Schrodinger Equation for a particle in a box as an example to show that boundary conditions really matter when solving certain equations. For those who aren't familiar with the Time dependent Schrodinger Equation, it follows: iΨt=22m2Ψ+V(x)Ψi\hbar \frac { \partial \Psi }{ \partial t } =-\frac { \hbar ^{ 2 } }{ 2m } \nabla ^{ 2 }\Psi +V(x)\Psi. The boundary conditions of the box are 0xL0\le x\le L. We could solve the Schrodinger Equation using separation of variables so we get Ψ(x,t)=Asin(kx)\Psi (x,t)=Asin(kx) but if we forgot about the boundary conditions, we would get Ψ(x,t)=Aei(krωt)\Psi (x,t)=Ae^{ i(kr-\omega t) }. We would also get different energy eigenvalues. For Ψ(x,t)=Asin(kx)\Psi (x,t)=Asin(kx), we would get En=2n2π22mL2{ E }_{ n }=\frac { \hbar ^{ 2 }n^{ 2 }\pi ^{ 2 } }{ 2mL^{ 2 } } whereas, for Ψ(x,t)=Aei(krωt)\Psi (x,t)=Ae^{ i(kr-\omega t) }, you would get that there are no certain energy eigenvalues. In conclusion, always remember to include boundary conditions in your courses such as differential equations and other courses. I am 12 and many people in my school really don't care about the conditions that are given anyways so that is why I am posting this.

Note by Sunny Sahu
7 years ago

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I use this for challenging questions but I am listed under 42 years old for some reason.

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