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This corresponds to the minimum time it would take to determine that F has changed since it must change by at least the width to be measurable. If we consider all such functions that vary in time and choose the shortest of these times as ∆t, then (letting (∆H) → (∆E) as it is conventionally written), (∆E)(∆t) ≥ 1 2 . 48). 4 Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions As observed in spectroscopic measurements long before the advent of even the old quantum theory, atoms appeared to have specific quantized energy states rather than a continuum that was more in line with the expectations of classical mechanics.
The original wave mechanics developed by Heisenberg was based entirely on matrix operators, and was sometimes referred to as Matrix Mechanics. The properties of Hermitian matrices is discussed in Appendix A. 5 Dirac Notation Instead of writing out integrals each time an expectation value is required, Dirac developed a shorthand notation that has become common. 36) where the term on the left is the bra and the term on the right is the ket, the pair forming a bra-ket. It is possible to deal with each piece separately, so that the bra for the first expression is ψ| and the ket for the first expression is |χ , and the operator in between always operates on the ket.
This means so that Fˆ and G therefore that for two quantities to be simultaneously precisely defined, their operators must commute (it may be shown that this is both necessary as well as sufficient). Question (b) raised above had to do with the time evolution of expectation values. 45), it is apparent that the time evolution of the expectation value of any quantity is related to its commutator with the Hamiltonian. Quite generally, any quantity will vary with time unless its operator commutes with the Hamiltonian.
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