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Adrian Franco 3H
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Question about energy levels

Postby Adrian Franco 3H » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:32 pm

Is there a limit to the energy level an electron can reach? I know that n=1 is the lowest level for an atom, but does it cap around a specific higher energy level?

Isabella Sanzi 2E
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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby Isabella Sanzi 2E » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:50 pm

I do not think that there is a limit on the energy level that an excited electron can reach. If enough energy is used, an electron will respond accordingly. I suppose that there is a practical limit to how much energy we (as experimenters) can input into a system, which would act as the only limitation that an electron could reach. I hope this helps!

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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby Thuy-Anh Bui 1I » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:01 pm

There is no specific cut off for the highest energy level, but most elements have energy levels from n=1 to about n=6-7. This is because n=1-7 is the range of quantum numbers seen in the periodic table of elements (7 rows = 7 energy levels). Most diagrams draw the energy levels up to n=6-7 and then write infinity (no limit) for everything above that. As the electron moves away from the nucleus, it feels less and less of the nuclear pull and will eventually be ionized, but this depends on the element.
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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby StephanieRusnak » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:55 pm

I think theoretically, n can be infinitely large but realistically they would not be larger than 7-9

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Re: Question about energy levels  [ENDORSED]

Postby Amy Zheng 2l » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:02 am

There is no limit

Misa Belser 3C
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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby Misa Belser 3C » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:24 am

I don 't think there is a limit

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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby kaitlindaugherty3L » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:35 pm

The limit does not exist.

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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby Julie Steklof 1A » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:15 pm

I have not seen any energy levels higher than n=9.

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Re: Question about energy levels

Postby colecabling1A » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:40 pm

As far as I know, there is no literal limit as to how high n can go; however, realistically I don't believe n would ever amount to numbers greater than 8 or 9


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