general curiosity about atom stability  [ENDORSED]

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Juno Suzuki 3B
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general curiosity about atom stability

Postby Juno Suzuki 3B » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:32 pm

What is the most stable state for atoms? Does it depend on the atom, or is it always n=1?
Also, what is the highest n level that an atom can reach? Is there a limit due to the instability of the atom?

Kaileigh Yang 2I
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Re: general curiosity about atom stability

Postby Kaileigh Yang 2I » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:56 pm

I'm not sure if this answers your question exactly but an atom is most stable when their outermost energy level is either empty or completely full.

Alexander Peter 1F
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Re: general curiosity about atom stability  [ENDORSED]

Postby Alexander Peter 1F » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:57 pm

To my understanding, for the first part of your question, the most stable state of an atom is indeed n=1 which is also called the ground state, when their energy level is lowest.

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