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Balmer vs Lyman

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:56 pm
by HanSitoy
For the exam, do we need to memorize the various wavelengths of light that correspond to each series?

Re: Balmer vs Lyman

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:52 pm
by Nisarg Shah 1C
No, you probably don't. You should probably know what energy levels they start at and what part of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum they are on. In the Lyman series, the relaxed state of the electron is n = 1 and it emits UV light. In the Balmer series, the relaxed state of the electron is n = 2 and it emits visible light.

Re: Balmer vs Lyman  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:39 pm
by Genisis Cabral
Yea again, most likely you won't need to memorize them, anything that you'd need to answer the given questions will be given to you. If I remember correctly my TA stated that if you really don't need to worry about memorizing the specific wavelengths and if it was needed it would be given. But it is still beneficial to be familiarized with what wavelengths correspond to which series.

Re: Balmer vs Lyman

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:23 pm
by Clarissa Molina 1D
Along with the wavelengths within the Balmer and Lyman series, will we need to memorize the wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum? Or will they be given to us?

Re: Balmer vs Lyman

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:32 pm
by Belle Calforda3f
I believe they said we will get a chart to use on the test. However, I don't think it will say for example that the Balmer Series is visible light.

Re: Balmer vs Lyman

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:39 pm
by Reyna Alonso 1E
The equation sheet that Dr. Lavelle showed us in class in Friday is posted under Constants and Equations which shows all the ones that will be given to us.