Hermite Polynomials

A Handout for CalIII+ HW#3

by Mohammad Ghomi




By definition, the Hermite Polynomials, H_n(x), are the coefficients of the Taylor expansion of the above function around zero. Thus it is easy to obtain them:


So the first four Hermite polynomials are:


Problem #4



and define


Now we can compute:


So the functions Y_n(x) are in L^2(R) at least for the first few values of n. In class we will prove that Y_n(x) are in L^2(R) for every n.

Problem #5

Recall that the Legendre functions may be obtained by orthonormalizing the functions x^n, see the first handout. Hermite polynomials may be obtained in a similar way.



Next, load in the appropriate package


Now we can use the Gram-Schmidt process to orthonrmalize the functions a_n(x)


So you can decide what the relationship between these functions and H_n(x) is.

Problem #6

Calculating the inner products <Y_n(x),Y_m(x)> are easy. First define


then write


So as you can see these eigenvalues are orthogonal.

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