Balmer and Lyman Clarification  [ENDORSED]


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Mike Matthews 1D
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Balmer and Lyman Clarification

Postby Mike Matthews 1D » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:05 am

Does the Balmer and Lyman Series only apply to the element hydrogen? I was hoping that someone could clarify this for me.
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Karan Singh Lecture 3
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Re: Balmer and Lyman Clarification

Postby Karan Singh Lecture 3 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:07 am

I believe that Balmer and Lyman series are specific to the hydrogen atom. Hope this helps.

Kevin Liu 3G
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Re: Balmer and Lyman Clarification

Postby Kevin Liu 3G » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:11 am

The experiments done to find those spectra were done with a hydrogen atom as Lavelle said in class. Thus, the Lyman and Balmer series are specific only to hydrogen.

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Re: Balmer and Lyman Clarification  [ENDORSED]

Postby StephanieDoan3B » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:10 pm

Yes, these series apply only to Hydrogen because electron interaction for atoms with more than one electron will be much more complex. The electrons would interact with other electrons due to electrostatic forces, not accounted for here.


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