The Sturm–Liouville problem for the equation $d2X/dx2+\lambda 2X=0$ on a closed interval with general unmixed boundary conditions leads to periodic, linear, and exponential eigenfunctions. However, examples of physical situations where different types of these eigenfunctions are employed together in a general solution are difficult to find. We present a physical problem of this type.

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,” J. Math. Phys.

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, 2831

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