A scientist notices that an oil slick floating on water when viewed from above has many different rainbow colors reflecting off the surface. She aims a spectrometer at a particular spot and measures the wavelength to be 750 nm (in air). The index of refraction of water is 1.33.
Part A: The index of refraction of the oil is 1.20. What is the minimum thickness of the oil slick at that spot? t= 313nm
Part B: Suppose the oil had an index of refraction of 1.50. What would the minimum thickness be now? t=125nm
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Part C: Now assume that the oil had a thickness of 200 nm and an index of refraction of 1.5. A diver swimming underneath the oil slick is looking at the same spot as the scientist with the spectrometer. What is the longest wavelength of the light in water that is transmitted most easily to the diver?