Basic integration trouble

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In summary, the probability of finding a particle of mass m between x=0 and x=L/10, if it is in n=3 state of an infinite well, can be determined by integrating the equation P = \int_a^b\left |\psi\left(x\right)\right|^2 dx with the equation \left|\psi\right|^2 = \frac{2}{L}Sin^2\left(\frac{nx\pi}{L}\right). By using the trig identity \cos{2x}=\cos^{2}x-\sin^{2}x, the integration can be simplified and the final answer should not contain an L.

Homework Statement

Determine the probability of finding a particle of mass m between x=0 and x=L/10, if it is in n=3 state of an infinite well.

Homework Equations

$$P = \int_a^b\left |\psi\left(x\right)\right|^2 dx$$
$$\left|\psi\right|^2 = \frac{2}{L}Sin^2\left(\frac{nx\pi}{L}\right)$$

The Attempt at a Solution

I'm trying to integrate...

$$\int_0^{\frac{L}{10}}\frac 2 L \sin^{2}\left(\frac{3x\pi}{L}\right)dx$$
step (1)
$$\frac{1}{L}\left[ \int_0^\frac{L}{10}1-\int_0^\frac{L}{10}Cos\left(\frac{6x\pi}{L}\right)\right]dx$$step (2)

$$\frac{1}{L}\left[\frac{L}{10} - Sin\left(\frac{3\pi}{5}\right)\right]$$

When I finish solving, I end up with an L in the answer...
which I know I'm not suppose to have, did I mess up my integration somewhere?
sorry about my pooooor pooor latex

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$$\int_0^{\frac{L}{10}}\frac 2 L \sin^{2}\left(\frac{3x\pi}{L}\right)dx$$

Yes?

yep that's right sorry =(

Sorry, PF was like broke last night. Use this trig identity:

$$\cos{2x}=\cos^{2}x-\sin^{2}x$$

$$\sin^{2}x=\frac 1 2(1+\cos{2x})$$

But I think that's what you did, so it's good? Sorry don't have time to work it out myself.

Yes thank you!

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