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Monochromatic light of wavelength 633 nm falls on a slit. If the angle between the first two bright fringes on either side of the central maximum is $32 ^\circ$, estimate the slit width.

Source: Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Edition, 2014.

Quick Answer: 

$3.4 \; \mu m$

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 24, Problem 29


Chapter 24, Problem 29 is solved.

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Why is m 1.5 and not just 1?

Hi justin.sunny.bains, thanks for the questions. We're looking at a diffraction pattern here, and I would suggest referring to Figure 24-21 from the textbook to see the pattern of minima in the diffraction pattern. They occur at integer multiples of the wavelength. The twist in this question is that it tells us the position of the maxima, for which we need to deduce a formula from Figure 24.21. The maxima occur half way between the minima, so we need to add 1/2, as in $D \sin{\theta} = (m + \dfrac{1}{2})\lambda$.

Best wishes with your studies,
Mr. Dychko