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Homework Help: Homework help w/ youngs slit problems

  1. Feb 24, 2009 #1
    I have a couple problems that I'm just not getting. Can someone help me out with these?

    Problem 1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A two-slit pattern is viewed on a screen 1.12m from the slits. If the two fifth-order minima are 78.5cm apart, what is the total width of the central bright fringe.

    I have gotten an array of answers, none of which are right.

    and 3.014 cm

    Problem 2
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A single slit is illuminated with 649nm light, and the resulting diffraction pattern is viewed on a screen 2.39m away. If the linear distance between the first and second dark fringes of the patter is 10.2cm, what is the width of the slit?

    nothing that came out right or making sense....
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  3. Feb 24, 2009 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    Let's see what steps you took. There's no other way to spot your mistake.
  4. Feb 24, 2009 #3
    the second one i feel like i just guessed on, i really didnt have much of a clue as to even where to start... give me a second and ill type up my work for the first.
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