Balmer/Lyman Series  [ENDORSED]

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Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby torialmquist1F » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:01 pm

What are the significances of these series? What do we need to know about them?

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby 704887365 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:42 pm

Both series apply to the Hydrogen atom. For the Balmer series (corresponds to visible light), the electrons come to rest at the energy level n=1. Meanwhile, the Lyman series corresponds to UV light and its electrons come to rest at the energy level n=2.

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby Mitch Walters » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:16 pm

I don't understand why the balmer series is specific to the visible light portion of the spectrum and the lyman series is specific to the UV portion. Maybe this is a stupid question? Could someone please explain.

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:34 pm

The excitations of the electrons correspond to those regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, meaning that it releases photons corresponding to those regions.

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby Jason Liu 1C » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:24 pm

My TA said that the Lyman series comes to rest at n=1 and the Balmer series comes to rest at n=2, so I'm not quite sure what they're actually supposed to be.

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby Jason Liu 1C » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:24 pm

My TA said that the Lyman series comes to rest at n=1 and the Balmer series comes to rest at n=2, so I'm not quite sure what they're actually supposed to be.

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby Amanda Hagen 1L » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:44 pm

Just to elaborate on the Lyman and Balmer series: The Lyman series includes transitions when n1=1 and n2=n1+1, n1+2,... and it emits electromagnetic radiation with a frequency that correlates to the ultraviolet spectrum. The Balmer series includes transitions when n1=2 and n2=n1+1, n1+2,... and it emits electromagnetic radiation with a frequency that correlates to the visible light spectrum.

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Re: Balmer/Lyman Series

Postby Shreya Ramineni 2L » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:16 pm

Balmer is when an electron jumps down to n=2 from a higher energy level and Lyman is when it jumps down to n=1.


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