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Wavelength Emitted

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:00 pm
by GFolk_1D
Will there always be a positive wavelength of light emitted with e- transitions no matter if it's moving up or down energy levels?

Re: Wavelength Emitted

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:06 pm
by Pegah Nasseri 1K
The wavelength of the light emitted will always be positive and the energy of the photon will be positive as well. However, the change in energy of the electron as it changes states can be negative. The energy is negative when the electron emits energy when moving down energy levels. The absolute value of this energy would equal the energy per photon of the light needed to excite the electron.

Re: Wavelength Emitted

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:19 pm
by Sam McNeill 1E
If the electron is moving up levels, then energy is absorbed, and if the electron is moving down in levels, then energy is released from the atom.

Re: Wavelength Emitted

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:56 pm
by WesleyWu_1C
Electromagnetic radiation will only be emitted if the electrons move down from a higher transition level to a lower transition level (ground state). The reason why the energy for this electromagnetic radiation emitted is always positive is because there is a conservation of energy . So when an electron goes down from a higher energy level, it's energy will only become more negative, which means that the energy released/emitted must have a positive value.

Re: Wavelength Emitted

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:33 pm
by Victor James 4I
wavelength is a distance and you can't have a negative distance. thats how I think about it