In mine book"a ar on Young"s double-slit experiment, the formula, $d = m \lambda \sin\theta$, is given. In this equation $d$ is the distance in between two slits, $\lambda$ is the wavelength of light coming through the slits, and $\theta$ is the angle in between the central reference come the brightest best on the screen opposite the slits.

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Using the same approximation, I gained something similar but no the same:$$d = \fracm\lambda\sin\theta \, .$$

Which an outcome is correct??

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If the slits space on peak of each other, then the irradiate travelling through each slit goes the same distance and also therefore has actually the exact same phase.In this case, the distance between the fringes is infinite.On the other hand, if the slits are really far apart, then even a tiny angle incurs a large path difference, so the edge are an extremely close together.Thus we have actually reasoned the the distance in between the edge goes under as $d$ go up.

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Consider the formula written by OP:

$$d = \fracm \lambda\sin \theta \, .$$

The first intensity preferably occurs when $m=1$ giving

$$\sin \theta_1 = \frac\lambdad \, .$$

Expanding the $\sin$ to lowest order we get

$$\theta_1 = \frac\lambdad$$

which says that increasing $d$ renders the edge of the very first maximum smaller, as we guess above.From this reasoning, we watch that OP"s formula is more than likely correct and also that placing the $\sin$ in the numerator would provide the dorn behavior.

Note that ns didn"t actually derive the correct answer, I just showed that relocating the $\sin$ role from denominator to numerator would more than likely be incorrect.That said, offered the definitions in the question, the exactly formula for the maxima the the two slit interference is in fact