Two Interacting Wells - revised questions:
Please substitute these questions for the ones posted on the lab webpage
in Section 2:
- Which of the lowest two states has the least overall waviness? Does it
correspond to the state with the largest binding energy? Note that the
lowest energy state will have the largest binding energy (it is the most
bound in the well).
- Is the probability of finding the electron halfway between the two wells
zero for either of the two lowest states? In a 2 particle system like a
Hydrogen molecule (not atom), wavefunctions that are nonzero between the wells are more
tightly bound. So which parity states would you expect to be more
bound? Is this consistent with your answer to #4 above?
- How does the energy splitting between pairs change as the quantum number
n increases? Using this result and the behavior observed in
Section 1, can you identify the wavefunction property that produces the