Spectral Lines

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Spectral Lines

Postby Isis_DW_3G » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:17 pm

Hey everyone,
I'm really confused... what are spectral lines? And do we know how to calculate them?

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Re: Spectral Lines

Postby Mackenzie Fernandez 3G » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:53 pm


I believe spectral lines are just the energy levels image that Dr. Lavelle showed where there were lines ranging from n=1 to n=6. This was during the time he mentioned the Balmer and Lyman series.

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Re: Spectral Lines

Postby Aaina 2D » Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:15 pm

Hi! Spectral lines are basically showing electron energy levels - each line represents an energy transition of an electron. Hope this helps!

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Re: Spectral Lines

Postby Andrew Wang 1C » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:41 pm

Spectral lines represent the wavelength of the energy absorbed or emitted by an electron when it transitions from one energy level to another. The energy absorbed or emitted is equal to the difference in energy between the two levels that the electron transitions between, and you can use to solve for the wavelength (where the spectral line shows up on the spectrum).

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Re: Spectral Lines

Postby Adrienne Yuh 2B » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:47 pm

Hi! Spectral lines show the emissions/absorptions of energy by electrons.

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