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Free Particle Time Dependence Suppose that we have a wave packet, in x-space, of a free particle at t=0. How do we find what the wave function will be at time t>0? We know that the time dependent wave packet in its general form is: x, t tqx Aq e e iq 2t 2m dq 2 So, if we can find the expansion coefficients (Morrison refers to this as the “amplitude function”), Aq , at some time t t 0 , we can find the wave function at any later time by employing the above equation. Our first step is then to compute Aq .

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