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Maggie Doan 1I
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Postby Maggie Doan 1I » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:10 pm

In the hydrogen atomic spectrum, what is the wavelength of light associated with the n = 2 to n = 1 electron transition?

When I worked this problem out, I got -1.22 x 10^-7 as the answer but this isn't correct.

Gary Qiao 1D
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Postby Gary Qiao 1D » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:26 pm

I'm sure that the value 1.22 x10^-7 is correct, but you have to also be aware that the negative that you got from the calculations earlier comes from the hydrogen atom emitting energy. This means that when the problem asks for the wavelength, the wavelength must have a positive value because a negative wavelength is not possible. Same goes for the frequency. Hope this helps!

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