I want to use appropriately use the Manipulate command in conjunction with Plot, to construct animated graphics for the evolution of the solution. I have tried but i could not succed to solve it


$y_n$ are the Eigenfunctions that defined as $y_n(x)=\exp\left(\displaystyle{\frac{-x^2}{2}}\right)H_n(x)$

Her[n_] := HermiteH[n, x]
Y[n_] := Exp[-x^2/2]*Her[n]
f[x_] = Y[1] + 0.2 Y[4] + 0.01 Y[6]
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    $\begingroup$ Your function eigen[n_] is not used anywhere? So why is it there? $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Mar 19, 2023 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ I have changed it. I have only defined the eigenvalues $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2023 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ Your $f(x)$ is fixed. So it does not change? But you can see how $y_n(x)$ changes with $n$ as shown below. Otherwise you need to clarify how $f(x)$ changes. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Mar 19, 2023 at 18:02

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I assume you want to plot $y_n(x)$ as your $f(x)$ does not change? It is always better to pass all the parameters along to all the functions, (i.e. $n,x$) in this example. Do not pass somethings, say $n$, and leave others global (say $x$). This is a recipe for bugs when your program gets larger.

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her[x_Symbol, n_Integer] := HermiteH[n, x]
Y[x_Symbol, n_Integer] := Exp[-x^2/2]*her[x, n]
f[x_Symbol, n_Integer] := Y[x, 1] + 2/10* Y[x, 4] + 1/100* Y[x, 6];
  Plot[Evaluate@Y[x, n], {x, 0, 5}, 
   PlotRange -> {Automatic, {-30, 30}}, PlotLabel -> Row[{" Y_", n }],
    PlotStyle -> Red, GridLines -> Automatic, 
   GridLinesStyle -> LightGray]
 {{n, 0, "n"}, 0, 5, 1, Appearance -> "Labeled"},
 TrackedSymbols :> {n}

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