Rydberg Constant

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Rydberg Constant

Postby Matia Kim 1B » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:35 pm

What is the significance of this value and is this only applied to H-atoms?

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Re: Rydberg Constant

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:57 pm

The Rydberg constant is used for the equation that calculates the energy required for each energy level in a H-atom:

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Re: Rydberg Constant

Postby Alexandra Wade 1L » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:51 pm

The equation En= -hR/n^2 is used to calculate the empirical formula for only the H-atom. This is because as a neutral atom it only has one electron. Therefore on the nucleus affects the electron rather than other electrons influencing it too because electrons repel each other. This is why this equation only works for the H-atom or for He^+1 for example.

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