problem 1A.15


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problem 1A.15

Postby josmit_1D » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:16 pm

can someone explain how to solve the following problem: 1A.15 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.?

kevinchang_4I
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Re: problem 1A.15

Postby kevinchang_4I » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:53 pm

This problem took me forever.
So because it tells us that it's UV light, when know n1 = 1. n2 is what we need to find and we have the equations to do it.

wavelength = speed of light / frequency

frequency = Rydberg constant * (1/n1^2 - 1/n2^2)

We have wavelength and speed of light, so we can solve for frequency. Next, we solve for n2 with the second equation. Frequency / rydberg constant = 1/n1^2 - 1/n2^2. Then we can get

1/n2^2 = 1/n1^2 - Frequency / rydberg constant and solve for n2. The answer may not be a perfect integer but should be close enough to infer.

Hope this helps

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Re: problem 1A.15

Postby chari_maya 3B » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:11 pm

Can you explain the reason we know the correlation between UV light and the fact that n1 = 1?

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Re: problem 1A.15

Postby chari_maya 3B » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:31 pm

How would you do this problem if the Lyman series did not apply?

Jessica Chen 2C
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Re: problem 1A.15

Postby Jessica Chen 2C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:12 pm

I think in order to solve this problem, you have to be able to recognize that UV radiation is in the Lyman series and therefore n1=1.


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