       differential equation with buondary conditions

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• Subject: [mg30313] differential equation with buondary conditions
• From: Gustavo Seabra <gseabra at swbell.net>
• Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 01:34:08 -0400 (EDT)
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```Hello,

I'm trying to make Mathematica solve the following:

y''[x] + k y[x] == 0

subject to the boundary conditions:
y[x<0] = 0
y[x>a] = 0
so that y[x] != 0 only if 0 < x < a.
(yes, it's the "particle in a 1-d box problem.)

If I just do: DSolve[{y''[x] + k y[x]  ==  0}, y[x], x]
it works fine, giving:
{{y[x] -> C Cos[Sqrt[k] x] + C Sin[Sqrt[k] x]}},
which is perfectly ok.

But if I include the boundary conditions y == y[a] == 0,
it doesn't work.

Any ideas?
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Gustavo Seabra - Graduate Student
Chemistry Department
Kansas State University
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