## Rydberg Equation

$c=\lambda v$

Malia Shitabata 1F
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### Rydberg Equation

Do we have to understand the Balmer/Lyman series in relation to n and the Rydberg equation or should we just know which portion of the electromagnetic spectrum it corresponds to?

Baoying Li 1B
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

I think we need to know that the energy level starts from n=1 for Lyman series(UV region) and it starts from n=2 for Balmer series(visible region, 700nm-400nm).

Ashley Nguyen 2L
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

I think we should just know the portion of the EM spectrum it corresponds to. I don't think there will be any in-depth questions on it

Doreen Liu 4D
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

I think we just have to know that the Lyman series corresponds to UV while the Balmer series corresponds to the visible light.

Malia Shitabata 1F
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

Baoying Li 4H wrote:I think we need to know that the energy level starts from n=1 for Lyman series(UV region) and it starts from n=2 for Balmer series(visible region, 700nm-400nm).

If a higher frequency is associated with greater energy then why is Balmer n=2 even though visible light has a lower frequency than ultraviolet light (n=1)?

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### Re: Rydberg Equation

The energy gaps between the energy levels of the Balmer series are much smaller than the gaps for the Lyman series, so that's why the frequency produced is also smaller.