## Guitar Analogy

$H_{\psi }=E_{\psi }$

1-D: $E_{TOTAL}\psi (x)=E_{k}\psi (x)+V(x)\psi(x)=-\frac{h^{2}}{8\pi ^{2}m}\frac{d^{2}\psi(x)}{dx^{2}}+V(x)\psi(x)$

Isaac Wen
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### Guitar Analogy

Hi Everyone!

In the textbook, there was this analogy comparing Schrodinger's equation to a guitar string...I don't really understand it haha. Does anyone mind explaining?

"Think of a guitar string: because it is tied down at each end, it can support only shapes like the ones shown in Fig. 1C.3, which have zero displacement at each end. The shapes of the wavefunctions for the particle in the one-dimensional box are the same as the displacements of a vibrating string."

Marcus Lagman 2A
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### Re: Guitar Analogy

Hello!

So this is my take on it. Basically, the comparison is saying that when you have a guitar, its strings are confined to its endpoints: the headstock and the bridge. When you play a string, the vibrating string is similar to a wave's shape in which that its restricted between two specific points. From this comparison, it is saying that just like a guitar's string being confined to two points, a wavefunction of a particle will be confined to a one-dimensional box, giving you a distance/displacement.

Sorry if this explanation does not help. If anyone has a better explanation, please do tell!