# Derivation of de Broglie's Equation

I came across the derivation, present all across the web, which utilized Einstein's energy mass equivalence equation and energy of a photon. It goes like this: $$E = mc^2,\;\;E = h f \;\;[f = \text{frequency} ]\;\;\Rightarrow \;\;hf = mc^2\\ \frac{h c}{\lambda} = mc^2 \;\;[\lambda = \text{wavelength}]\\ \frac{h}{\lambda} = p, \;\;\;\frac{h}{p} = \lambda,\;\;\;\frac{h}{mv} = \lambda$$ With this, I have a problem with every step (like converting $mc$ to $p$ and then to $mv$)? IS this really correct? How?

Supposing we use, $E/c = p$ for a photon, then isn't it still wrong? Aren't we using EM radiation to find an associated wave? Aren't these completely different? Could someone please help with the real one?

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– udrv
Feb 29, 2016 at 6:08
• Oh, Thank you, I will take a look! I really want an answer, though... Feb 29, 2016 at 6:30
• Came across where? Feb 29, 2016 at 8:09
• @Qmechanic Googled "De Broglie equation Derivation " and got many results exactly like the one above, including images Mar 1, 2016 at 6:57