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written by the Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, Dean A. Zollman, and N. Sanjay Rebello
This resource illustrates the construction of scattering state wavefunctions in one dimension for a piece-wise constant potential.  A barrier or well can be created from two potential steps, that can be of different heights.  Students are then asked to plot the electron wavefunction in this potential by changing its nature, amplitude, wavelength, and phase in the three different potential regions.  A correct solution requires students to work through the problem using the parameters given.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Scattering and Continuum State Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Categories Intended Users Ratings
- Pedagogy
- Learners
- Professional/Practitioners
- Educators
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Keywords:
barrier, wavefunction, wavelength
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Metadata instance created March 5, 2004 by Bruce Mason
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October 7, 2007 by Lyle Barbato
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AIP Format
Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, D. Zollman, and N. Rebello, , WWW Document, (http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/software/online/vqm/html/wfsketcher.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, D. Zollman, and N. Rebello, Wave Function Sketcher, , <http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/software/online/vqm/html/wfsketcher.html>.
APA Format
Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, Zollman, D., & Rebello, N. (n.d.). Wave Function Sketcher. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/software/online/vqm/html/wfsketcher.html
Chicago Format
Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, D. Zollman, and N. Rebello. Wave Function Sketcher. http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/software/online/vqm/html/wfsketcher.html (accessed 1 October 2014).
MLA Format
Kansas State Physics Education Research Group, Dean Zollman, and N. Sanjay Rebello. Wave Function Sketcher. 1 Oct. 2014 <http://web.phys.ksu.edu/vqm/software/online/vqm/html/wfsketcher.html>.
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