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H ψ = E ψ

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:08 pm
by Paige Lee 1A
Could someone please explain what H ψ = E ψ means?

Re: H ψ = E ψ

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:11 pm
by Bryce Barbee
The H is the Hamiltonian which is just an operator that acts on the ψ. The ψ describes the system mathematically and E is energy. In the review, the problem that was used as an example basically just gave you the H and you had to plug it into the equation and not solve. I think we just have to know what the terms mean.

Re: H ψ = E ψ

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:18 pm
by TarynD_1I
Bryce Barbee wrote:The H is the Hamiltonian which is just an operator that acts on the ψ. The ψ describes the system mathematically and E is energy. In the review, the problem that was used as an example basically just gave you the H and you had to plug it into the equation and not solve. I think we just have to know what the terms mean.


Yes, during the review session the TA said that we just have to know what the variables mean/represent, but we won't be expected to solve mathematically.