(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Monochromatic light shines on the surface of a diffraction grating with 5.3x10^3 lines/cm. The first order maximum is observed at an angle of 17 (degrees). Find the wavelength.

a) 420nm c) 530nm

b) 520nm d) 550nm

2. Relevant equations

d(sin [tex]\Theta[/tex])=m[tex]\lambda[/tex]

d= 5.3x10^lines/cm=5.3x10^3 lines/m

[tex]\Theta[/tex]=17

m (the order maximum)= 1

3. The attempt at a solution

I rearranged the problem so it looked like this: [tex]\lambda[/tex]=(d[tex]\Theta[/tex])/m

Since m=1, I dropped it and only worked with the numerator.

The distance between the slits is 1/53 metres so the full equation looks like this: (1/53)(sin17)= [tex]\lambda[/tex]

(1/53)(.29)=[tex]\lambda[/tex]

.0054716981=[tex]\lambda[/tex]

Just by looking at this answer its easy to see its wrong, but why? I followed the equation, so whats up? Any help would be appreciated.

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# Homework Help: Diffraction grating question

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