Infinite potential well

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For a particle trapped in a region of length L the de broglie wave for the 1st excited state is a pure sine wave from 0 to 2pi
for which the particle momentum can be calculated as 2h/L from de broglie relation
Whereas from energy quantisation relation p=nh/2L where n is the state integer,for n=2 ,p=h/L
Why does so happen?
 

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Whereas from energy quantisation relation p=nh/2L where n is the state integer,for n=2 ,p=h/L
Particle-in-a-box eigenstates are not eigenstates of the momentum operator, therefore you can't say that it corresponds to a given value of momentum.
 

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