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I don't understand where to start with this problem. I know it has something to do with diffraction. Thanks for any help.

Light with a wavelength of 600 nm passes through a double slit and an interference pattern is observed
on a screen 2.00 m from the slits. The first-order bright fringe is at 4.00 mm from the center of the
central bright fringe. For what wavelength will the first order dark fringe be observed at the same point
on the screen?

The first bright fring occurs when:
 n1*lambda1=d*x/L where n1=1 and lambda1=600nm
The first dark fringe occurs when:
n2*lambda2=d*x/L where n2=1/2 and lambda2 is the answer.
Using transitivity since both quantities and equal to the same d*x/L:
And solving for lambda2:


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