Friday, March 22, 2013

Dirty-sounding Physics Term of the Week 2

Dirty-sounding Physics Term of the Week: Particle in a Box.

(A) A classical particle in a box. (B-D) The three lowest energy
wave functions for the quantum mechanical particle in a box.
(E-F) A superposition of different energy eigenstates.
"That doesn't sound dirty," you say. It didn't, but then this happened. Now, good luck trying to make it through lecture without someone giggling and saying, "One. Cut a hole in a box."

(**Edit** Thank you to Sean Robinson for the correcting me on the caption. I wrote this quick and was not paying attention to the fact that the last two states are not energy eigenstates.)  

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