## Atomic Spectroscopy

H-Atom ($E_{n}=-\frac{hR}{n^{2}}$)

JosephLew3C
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### Atomic Spectroscopy

When using the empirical equation En= - hR/(n)2 I'm confused as to why the energy level is being squared? Is it because it would make the outcome positive or would that not matter?

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### Re: Atomic Spectroscopy

This would not make the outcome positive, seeing as only the denominator is being squared. The energy is squared because it happened to fit the experimental data that was observed.