Lyman Series v Balmer series

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Angel Gomez 1K
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Lyman Series v Balmer series

Postby Angel Gomez 1K » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:44 pm

Can someone explain the difference between the Lyman and Blamer series to me? I couldn't really determine the difference when looking at the graphs Lavelle showed us during lecture. Fundamental difference would be great, and further detail would be much appreciated!

Kyra Dingle 1B
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Re: Lyman Series v Balmer series

Postby Kyra Dingle 1B » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:49 pm

The main difference between the Lyman and Balmer series is the energy level in which electrons come to rest. For the Lyman series n=1, while for the Balmer series n=2.
Another important characteristic to note is that the Lyman series is found within the ultraviolet spectrum, while the Balmer series is within the visible spectrum.

Christine Wastila 1H
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Re: Lyman Series v Balmer series

Postby Christine Wastila 1H » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:40 pm

Just to add on, since the Lyman series have a shorter wavelength, they indicate that a greater amount of energy is being absorbed (because E=hv, v=c/wavelength). If you recall the model from lecture, this means the electrons are making a bigger "jump", such as from the first level to the second (later levels are closer together, which correspond more to the Balmer series).


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