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SAT II physics light question

  • #1

Homework Statement


When monochromatic light passes through a double slit, a bright fringe is formed due to a path difference of
A) 1/4 "wavelength symbol"
B) 1/2 "wavelength symbol"
C) 3/4 "wavelength symbol"
D) 7/8 "wavelength symbol"
E) 1 "wavelength symbol"

please help by starting me off.
gracias :)
 

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  • #2
cristo
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You need to make at least some effort. What have you studied in class on this topic?
 
  • #3
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Start with the definitions(what do monochromatic and slit imply?) and equations to solve this problem. Also, the wavelength symbol is the greek symbol lambda.
 
  • #4
for maxima (bright fringe)
lambda / d = x/L
where lambda is wavelength, d is distance between slits, x is distance of bright fringe, L is distance of screen from slits.

lamda = xd/L
answer is E) 1 lambda
 
  • #5
for bright fringe, path diff is n*lambda
for dark band, it is (2n - 1)*lambda/2
 
  • #6
You need to make at least some effort. What have you studied in class on this topic?
this is a question that was in my REA SAT II physics book. we never studied this in my physics class a year ago. and there's no mention of it in my REA book. or other study books i have.
 
  • #7
for maxima (bright fringe)
lambda / d = x/L
where lambda is wavelength, d is distance between slits, x is distance of bright fringe, L is distance of screen from slits.

lamda = xd/L
answer is E) 1 lambda
that's what the book says the answer is.
but, i'm still really confused.
so the fact it's a double slit doesn't matter??
and that we don't know x and L?
 

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