# Expectation value problem

#### boks

Joined Oct 10, 2008
218
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Calculate $\Delta x = \sqrt{\left\langle(x - \left\langle x \right\rangle )^2 \right\rangle}$ if $\left\langle x \right\rangle = 0$ and $\left\langle x^2 \right\rangle = a^2(\frac{\pi - 6}{12 \pi^2})$

2. The attempt at a solution

$\left\langle(x - \left\langle x \right\rangle )^2 \right\rangle = \left\langle x^2 - 2x \left\langle x \right\rangle + \left\langle x \right\rangle ^2 \right\rangle$

How can I proceed here?

#### steveb

Joined Jul 3, 2008
2,431
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Calculate $\Delta x = \sqrt{\left\langle(x - \left\langle x \right\rangle )^2 \right\rangle}$ if $\left\langle x \right\rangle = 0$ and $\left\langle x^2 \right\rangle = a^2(\frac{\pi - 6}{12 \pi^2})$

2. The attempt at a solution

$\left\langle(x - \left\langle x \right\rangle )^2 \right\rangle = \left\langle x^2 - 2x \left\langle x \right\rangle + \left\langle x \right\rangle ^2 \right\rangle$

How can I proceed here?
Wouldn't the next logical step be to take advantage of the fact that $\left\langle x \right\rangle = 0$ ?

The problem looks a whole lot simpler once you do that.

#### boks

Joined Oct 10, 2008
218
Lol, stupid of me.