Plane waves, phase difference question

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Homework Statement



Consider a lightwave having a phase velocity of 3 x 10^8 m/s and a frequency of 6 x 10^14 hz. What is the shortest distance along the wave between any two points that have a phase difference of 30 degrees ? What phase shift occurs at a given point in 1 microsecond and how many waves have passed by in that time ?


Homework Equations



velocity = frequency x wavelength

The Attempt at a Solution



have calculated that the wavelength is 5000m, by dividing speed of light by the frequency, but am stuck and don't know how to proceec. any help would be amazing, thank you!
 

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rl.bhat
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When the distance between the two points is equal to the wavelength, the phase difference between the points is 2π. So when the phase difference between the two points is π/6, the distance between the two points is.....
 

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