Rydberg constant

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William Chan 1D
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Rydberg constant

Postby William Chan 1D » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:11 pm

Does the rydberg constant only work for hydrogen atoms? Or can you use it for every element to solve spectral line problems?

Ronak Naik
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Re: Rydberg constant

Postby Ronak Naik » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:13 pm

Yes, the R constant can only be used when dealing with Hydrogen as the constant was determined based on experimental data for H.

Daniel Martinez 1k
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Re: Rydberg constant

Postby Daniel Martinez 1k » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:14 pm

Yes, the Rydberg constant is specific to H atoms.

Kylie Lim 4G
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Re: Rydberg constant

Postby Kylie Lim 4G » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:05 am

The rydberg constant only works for the hydrogen atom because it only has one electron. It doesn't take into account electron-electron repulsion.

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