## Balmer vs Lyman Series

$c=\lambda v$

Alysson Marines 2E
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### Balmer vs Lyman Series

What is the difference between the Balmer series and the Lyman series?

Rachel Risoleo 3G
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### Re: Balmer vs Lyman Series

For the Balmer series, nf=2; for the Lyman series, nf=1

Marisa Mekkittikul2E
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### Re: Balmer vs Lyman Series

Also, wavelengths in the Balmer series are in the visible band while the wavelengths in the Lyman series are in the ultraviolet band.

Allison Yoon 3B
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### Re: Balmer vs Lyman Series

Just to elaborate a bit more...

The Lyman series describes the set of emissions lines that are created when electrons from a hydrogen atom drop from n=2,3,4,5,etc to n=1.

Balmer series is exactly the same concept as the Lyman series. However, in a Balmer series, the electrons from the hydrogen atom drop to n=2.