How to Find the Energy of a Perturbed System Based on the Wavelength Parameter

In quantum physics, in order to find the energy of a perturbed system, En, you need to start by calculating the energy and wave function of an unperturbed system. You start with the energy:

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Then add the first-order correction to the energy,

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and add the second-order correction to the energy,

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Now what about the wave function of the perturbed system,

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Start with the wave function of the unperturbed system,

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Add to it the first-order correction,

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And then add to that the second-order correction to the wave function,

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Note that when

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becomes the unperturbed energy:

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and

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becomes the unperturbed wave function:

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So your task is to calculate E(1)n and E(2)n, as well as

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So how do you do that in general? Time to start slinging some math. You start with three perturbed equations:

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You then combine these three equations to get this jumbo equation:

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