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A mixture of yellow light (wavelength = 574 nm in vacuum) and violet light (wavelength = 418 nm in vacuum) falls perpendicularly on a film of gasoline that is floating on a puddle of water. For both wavelengths, the refractive index of gasoline is n = 1.40 and that of water is n = 1.33. What is the minimum nonzero thickness of the film in a spot that looks the following colors because of destructive interference, for yellow light?

Because its destructive interference, I'm using the equation t = lambda/2 ,but this is leading to the wrong answer. I'm also making the wavelength for the yellow light equal 410 (574/1.40). Where am I going wrong, or am I even using the right equation? Thanks for your help!

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# Homework Help: Question on Thin Film Interference

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