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Young's double slit angles

by Woopydalan
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Woopydalan
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Nov23-12, 07:35 PM
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I am trying to prove that the two θ are equal from this picture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Double_slit.svg

How do I go about proving this?
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Nov23-12, 07:50 PM
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This might help: The small triangle's theta refers to the top angle of the triangle, not the left one. Also, the right angle is right. By that I mean that the angle on the right side of the triangle is a 90 degree angle. This post was an excuse to say that the right angle is right.
Woopydalan
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Nov26-12, 12:21 AM
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Yes I was aware of which angles where which. I just used that picture since it was easily attainable. Any hints as to starting this

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Nov26-12, 01:03 AM
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Young's double slit angles

Suppose you have two lines A and B that have angle θ between them.

If you have line C parallel to A, and line D parallel to B, then C and D also have angle θ between them, right?

Likewise, if you have line E perpendicular to A, and line F perpendicular to B, then E and F also have angle θ between them.
sophiecentaur
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Nov26-12, 08:48 AM
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The phrase 'similar triangles' comes to mind and it hasn't yet been spelled out.


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