## Rydberg Equation

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Amanda Hagen 1L
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### Rydberg Equation

In the Rydberg Equation (v=R(1/n1^2-1/n2^2)) is N1 always the lower energy level or is it the initial energy level (the energy level the electron started on before absorbing or emitting an electron)?

Miguel Velasco 2J
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

Always depends on where it started and ended up. Remember, E(final) - E(initial)
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Hyein Cha 2I
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

N1 is always the "final energy" lvl, so after the electron emits energy.

For example, if in the question, electron goes from n=4 to n=2, then N1=2 and N2=4.

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### Re: Rydberg Equation

n1 is always the ending energy level: E(final)-E(initial)

Nehal Banik
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

N1 is supposed to be the initial energy level it starts at, for instance if we say if it is the Lyman Series, then N1 starts at energy level 1 so then it absorbs energy and it excited to a higher energy level. You can use that equation to find the frequency required to make each jump, however Lavelle recommends that we don't use that equation because he wants use to understand conceptually why there is negative energy when an electron returns to its ground state. The equation you put there is to calculate the frequency from one energy level to the next and therefore we can convert the frequency to the energy difference between both energy levels.

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### Re: Rydberg Equation

My TA said it was all right to use the smaller n-value given for the n1 value, that way you will always get a positive number for your value of frequency (if you do not include the negative sign in front of R ). I usually just write a note on the side indicating which is n-initial and n-final.

Ethan Vuong 3G
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

In the equations sheet the rydberg equation is -hR/n^2 but i know that people have been using a different formula. I was wondering how they had this new "derived" formula that contains frequency. Thanks!

Matt_Fontila_2L_Chem14B
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### Re: Rydberg Equation

I've tried using both. The formula with frequency worked more like a one step problem for me. I personally like using the shorter -hR/n^2 equation twice and taking the difference between the initial and final energies, because it feels like a step by step process. In the end, it's up to your preference.