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    Particle in a Changing Potential

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    A particle of mass m is in the ground state of a potential described by V(x) = 1/2mw^2x^2 when the equilibrium point of the potential is suddenly changed from x = 0 to x = s. Show that the probability that after this change the particle will be in the first excited state of the new potential is given by

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    The solution examines a particle in a changing potential field to find the equilibrium point.