hw problem 1.A.15

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Bita Ghanei 1F
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hw problem 1.A.15

Postby Bita Ghanei 1F » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:46 pm

In the ultraviolet spectrum of atomic hydrogen, a line is observed at 102.6 nm. Determine the values of n for the initial and final energy levels of the electron during the emission of energy that leads to this spectral line.

Could someone please walk me through the math here? Thanks!

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Re: hw problem 1.A.15

Postby nicolely2F » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:46 pm

To solve this problem, we'll be using and then Rydberg's equation .
The info we have here is the wavelength and the initial level of the electron (n=1 since we know that the H atom emitted energy to reach a new energy level where ).

The first step is finding the frequency:

Then, we can use the frequency to discover what n(final) or is:

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Re: hw problem 1.A.15

Postby Alexa Mugol 3I » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:45 pm

The previous person explained it pretty well! I'd like to add that we know that it starts at energy level 1 (n1=1) because it's in the ultraviolet spectrum, aka the Lyman series, so it's starts at n=1.

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Re: hw problem 1.A.15

Postby JChen_2I » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:21 pm

Just to clarify, we sub in 1 for n2 because n2 is the final energy level right? And n1 is the initial energy level? So it should be final n subtracted by the initial n

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