$H_{\psi }=E_{\psi }$

1-D: $E_{TOTAL}\psi (x)=E_{k}\psi (x)+V(x)\psi(x)=-\frac{h^{2}}{8\pi ^{2}m}\frac{d^{2}\psi(x)}{dx^{2}}+V(x)\psi(x)$

sbeall_1C
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In class and the workshops, we looked at a diagram where the Y-axis is Energy, and the values are all negative building up to E=0 when the energy level goes toward infinity. Can someone explain why the energy values are negative? Is it due to the equation?

Mansi_1D
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The values as electrons are going down to E=0 is negative because energy is being released. When energy is released, it is shown as a negative value. As electrons go from a higher energy level to a lower one, a photon (energy) is released.

Megan_1F
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Is Rydberg's constant negative? Or is the equation itself just negative?

Quynh Vo
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Rydberg's constant is not a negative number.
Megan_1F wrote:Is Rydberg's constant negative? Or is the equation itself just negative?

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