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Homework Help: Double Slit Problem Help

  1. Aug 9, 2006 #1
    In a Young's double-slit experiment, the seventh dark fringe is located 0.023 m to the side of the central bright finge on a flat screen, which is 1.1 m away from the slits. The separation between the slits is 1.5 10-4 m. What is the wavelength of the light being used?

    I'm having some trouble understanding what exactly the equation is saying. I know I have to use sin theta = mlambda/d for the bright fringe and then sin theta = (m+1/2)lambda/d for the dark..but I'm not sure how to get theta..I figure I need to use the two initial values that I'm given but I'm not sure what those values exactly mean..any help?
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  3. Aug 9, 2006 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    [tex]\lambda = \frac{d\sin\theta}{(m+1/2)}[/tex] where [itex]\sin\theta = .023/1.1[/itex].

  4. Aug 10, 2006 #3
    draw yourself a triangle and note that [tex] sin \theta = \frac {d_{minumum-central finge}} {d_{slit-screen}}[/tex]
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