# Positive energies

If the potential is bounded below $V(x)=V(-x) \ge a$ for some real number $a$, and we can be sure that as $x\rightarrow \infty$ we know that $V(x) \ge 0$ then does it mean that the energies for our one dimensional system will be positive?

My idea WKB quantization $N(E)= 2\int_{0}^{a} \sqrt {E_{n}-V(x)}$ where $V(a)=E$ is a turning point so if the potential is positive for big $x$ then the energies should be also positive otherwise the epxresion inside the integral would be complex.

Am I right ?

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Comment to the question(v1): The finite potential well [with appropriate (possible shifted) definition of zero-energy level] seems to be a counterexample. – Qmechanic Oct 10 '12 at 9:12
in this case it would have a finite amount of negative energies , however I still think that as $n$ increases the big energies will be always positive. – Jose Javier Garcia Oct 10 '12 at 9:53
Yes, that is true, as e.g. discussed in this Phys.SE post. – Qmechanic Oct 10 '12 at 12:35