En Equation - Why the Negative?

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Dayna Pham 1I
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En Equation - Why the Negative?

Postby Dayna Pham 1I » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:22 am

Hello!
I thought energy could only be positive, why does the equation for energy at a specific principle quantum number have a negative sign in front of it? Is this applied to find change in energy?

En = -hR/n^2

Douglas Nguyen 2J
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Re: En Equation - Why the Negative?

Postby Douglas Nguyen 2J » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:03 am

Hello!
I thought energy could only be positive, why does the equation for energy at a specific principle quantum number have a negative sign in front of it? Is this applied to find change in energy?

En = -hR/n^2


Because when applied to delta E=E(final)-E(initial), delta E is energy emitted. It is used to calculate either the energy emitted or to find the initial/final energy level.

Danny Zhang 4L
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Re: En Equation - Why the Negative?

Postby Danny Zhang 4L » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:26 pm

We use the negative sign to clearly indicate that energy increases as n increases.


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