Lesson: The Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
In this lesson, we will learn how to model a quantum harmonic oscillator with wave functions analogous to vibrational energy states of classical oscillators.
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Worksheet: 7 Questions • 2 Videos
A particle with mass 0.0300 kg oscillates back-and-forth on a spring with frequency 4.00 Hz. At the spring’s equilibrium position, the particle has a speed of 0.600 m/s. If the particle is in a state of definite energy, find its energy quantum number.
A quantum mechanical oscillator vibrates at a frequency of 250.0 THz. What is the least energetic radiation that it can emit?
A quantum harmonic oscillator makes a transition from the state to the state and emits a photon that has a wavelength of 0.450 μm. What is the oscillator’s frequency?