Originally Posted by **medofx** Sorry i uploaded it in german. In the question number a " second wave" Basically i want to know if i should integrate or just substitute it. how should i start ? |

Your problem is to see if the given state is an eigenfunction. If so then it has to be of the form

$\displaystyle \Psi = A ~ sin \left ( \dfrac{N \pi x}{a} \right )$

where N is an integer.

So let's start with the form:

$\displaystyle \Psi = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{a}} \left ( sin \left ( \dfrac{ \pi x}{a} \right ) + sin \left ( \dfrac{ 2 \pi x}{a} \right ) \right )$

Start with this identity:

$\displaystyle sin( \theta + \phi ) + sin( \theta - \phi ) = 2 ~ sin( \phi ) ~ cos( \theta )$

Thus we know that

$\displaystyle \theta + \phi = \dfrac{ \pi x}{a}$

and

$\displaystyle \theta - \phi = \dfrac{2 \pi x}{a}$

The solution is

$\displaystyle \theta = \dfrac{ 3 \pi x}{2a}$

$\displaystyle \phi = - \dfrac{ \pi x}{a}$

Which gives us:

$\displaystyle \Psi = - \dfrac{2}{ \sqrt{a} } ~ sin \left ( \dfrac{ \pi x}{a} \right ) ~ cos \left ( \dfrac{3 \pi x}{2a} \right )$

Can this be simplified to the form for an energy eigenvalue? (I'm not saying that this works, it's just a thought: recall $\displaystyle sin( \alpha + \beta ) = sin( \alpha ) ~ cos( \beta ) + sin( \beta ) ~ cos( \alpha )$. It's a good place to start for trying to simplify the form.)

I leave the details to you. If you get stuck, please feel free to ask.

-Dan