Spectral Lines and Energy Levels

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Ethan McCarthy 1F
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Spectral Lines and Energy Levels

Postby Ethan McCarthy 1F » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:51 pm

When looking at the groups of spectral lines (i.e. the Lyman series), which line represents the lowest energy level? Is it the line with the widest gap or shortest gap?

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Re: Spectral Lines and Energy Levels

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:00 pm

Hi, Ethan,
Since the energy is inversely proportional to the wavelength, the level with the highest wavelength (widest gap) will be the one with the lowest energy.

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Re: Spectral Lines and Energy Levels

Postby 205458163 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:18 am

The highest energy always with the shortest wavelength. I'm wondering what do you mean for the 'gap'?

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Re: Spectral Lines and Energy Levels

Postby George_Zhu » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:04 pm

If the energy level has the widest gap or interval, this is your mean i think, it should transfer for longer distance, and if it has long wavelength, it will have smaller frequency. The smaller the frequency it has, the lower energy it will take.


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