rydberg equation

H-Atom ($E_{n}=-\frac{hR}{n^{2}}$)

duenezjuleny1D
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rydberg equation

in the rydberg equation En= (-hR)/(n^2) why is there a negative included?

kateminden
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Re: rydberg equation

When calculating using quantum levels, the reference or starting point En=0 occurs when n = infinity. This means that all other energy levels (n=1,2,3,...) are below the starting point, and therefore negative.