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Balmer and Lyman series

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:35 pm
by Jina Kwon
What is the difference between Balmer and Lyman series?

Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:42 pm
by JChen_2I
The Balmer series includes all spectral line emissions that have a final n value of 2 while the Lyman series includes all spectral line emissions with a final n value of 1. Because they are all emission lines, the initial n value must be greater than 2 and 1 respectively.

Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:44 pm
by Ryan Chang 1C
Also the Balmer series deals with visible light while the Lyman series deals with ultraviolet light.

Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:28 pm
by Arianna Perea 3H
Does Balmer series relate to only Hydrogen atoms?

Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:21 pm
by Chantel_2I
Why do these series start at n=1 and not n=0 even though n=0 represents the s orbital?

Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:27 pm
by sarahsalama2E
The Balmer series releases electrons to the n=2 level and happens in visible light while the Lyman series releases electrons to the n=1 level and happens in UV light.