Test 2 Question 4


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Alesha Vaughn 1E
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Test 2 Question 4

Postby Alesha Vaughn 1E » Sun May 06, 2018 11:07 pm

A cotton ball soaked in KCL is lit on fire. The flame is a violet color (λ=400 nm). A scientist claims that the color arises from the transition of an electron from its excited state to its ground state. What is the difference in energy between these two states?
I know I use the equation E=hc/λ but I still am unable to get the correct answer so if someone could help it would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Chris Qiu 1H » Sun May 06, 2018 11:09 pm

you would have to use the reinberg equation with a Balmer series drop (you would know you need to see this since the wavelength is in the visible range which is the balmer series) a balmer series is a drop from n=x to n=2

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Liliana Rosales 1E » Sun May 06, 2018 11:13 pm

Alesha, I just want to confirm, what was the answer for this problem?

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Jimmy lira-1G » Sun May 06, 2018 11:18 pm

To further explain , it is from n=x to n=2
You would use the
wav= h/m*v put this into terms of v and solve using 700nm given for wavelength
then when v is found find energy E=hv
after this En=-hR/n^2 , put in terms of n and solve
when you get n then use the En=-hR/n^2 equation again with that n found and the n=2 given to find the difference between the two.
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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon May 07, 2018 3:33 pm

It's just asking for the difference in energy between these two states so you do not need to set up the Rydberg equation. The difference in energy comes from the photon with wavelength 400nm so you get the answer by solving E.

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Sara Veerman-1H » Mon May 07, 2018 4:30 pm

Lilianna, I believe the answer to this problem is 2.84x10^-19 J

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Liliana Rosales 1E » Sun May 13, 2018 4:57 pm

Sara Veerman-1H wrote:Lilianna, I believe the answer to this problem is 2.84x10^-19 J

Thank you Sara!

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Salena Chowdri 1I » Sun May 13, 2018 5:22 pm

Most students attempted to solve this problem using Rydberg's, however that is not necessary. The question already mentions that energy is released in the form of light at 400nm. The energy produced by this wavelength is the "energy difference". So all we need is to plug in the wave length into the equation: E= hv ==> E= (hc/wavelength)

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Re: Test 2 Question 4

Postby Yitzchak Jacobson 1F » Sun May 13, 2018 11:09 pm

Hello, At first I assumed that you would use the ryberg equation to solve the problem, but then I realized you can just solve it by using the equation
E=hc/lamda,
Really hopes this helps :)


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