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## Homework Statement

Assume a particle is in the ground state of an infinite square well of length L. If the walls of the well increase symmetrically such that the length of the well is now 2L WITHOUT disturbing the state of the system, what is the probability that a measurement would yield the particle in the ground state of the 2L-Well?

## Homework Equations

Ground State of infinite well of length L: |ψ>= ∫√(2/L)cos(π/L*x)|x>dx from -L/2 to L/2

## The Attempt at a Solution

Since the well has expanded, the current state of the system is no longer an eigenstate and needs to be renormalized because the range of integration has changed which yields

ψ=√(1/L)cos(π/l*x).

Now, the NEW ground state is just

φ=∫√(1/L)cos(π/2L*x')|x'>dx'

so the probability of finding the particle in the new ground state is just

<φ|ψ>=∫∫<x'|x>(1/L)cos(π/2L*x')cos(π/L*x)dx'dx=

∫∫δ(x'-x)(1/L)cos(π/2L*x')cos(π/L*x)dx'dx=

∫(1/L)cos(π/2L*x)cos(π/L*x)dx from -L to L

which I found to be equal to 4/3π, but the text claims the answer should be (8/3π)

^{2}! can someone point me to the mistake I've made somewhere?