Question about Balmer Series  [ENDORSED]

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Question about Balmer Series

Postby Isa Samad 1L » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:47 pm

So as I understand, the Balmer series is a particular Hydrogen spectral series when an electron moves from a higher energy level to n=2. My question then is after reaching the energy level of n=2, would the electron then travel down to n=1 as that is ground state and thus, emit another form of EM radiation?

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Re: Question about Balmer Series

Postby Gianna Apoderado 1B » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:59 pm

Hi! Since we are referring to the Balmer series, after the excited electron moves from a higher energy level back down to n=2, it does not move down to n=1, because then we'd be referring to the Lyman series. I've included a link to an image similar to the one shown in Friday's lecture, which hopefully will clarify the subject. I hope that helps!

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Re: Question about Balmer Series  [ENDORSED]

Postby aaron tang 2K » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:16 pm

The Balmer series begins at n=2, if the electron is going down from n=2 to n=1, it would be considered the Lyman series.


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