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Atomic Spectra: Balmer and Lyman Series

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:34 pm
by Layal Suboh 1I
Hello,

I'm confused about the applications of the Balmer and Lyman series. I understand that they deal with identifying spectral lines, but what exactly are they used to calculate, when do you use each of them, and how can you use both of the equations in the same problem?

Thanks!

Re: Atomic Spectra: Balmer and Lyman Series  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:52 am
by Chem_Mod
As I discussed today in class the Lyman series involves electron transitions to n = 1.
The Balmer series involves electron transitions to n = 2.