## Balmer vs. Lyman Series

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

VLi_2B
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### Balmer vs. Lyman Series

Can anyone help clarify what the differences between the Balmer and Lyman series and what they are used for?

jisulee1C
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### Re: Balmer vs. Lyman Series

For the Lyman series,which corresponds to UV light, the electrons come to rest at the energy level n=1. and then for the Balmer series, which corresponds to visible light, the electrons come to rest at the energy level n=2
both can be used to compare lines for other elements.

Alice Chang 2H
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### Re: Balmer vs. Lyman Series

Some people have asked a similar question in the past on this site, so you can find the answer here:
https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30918

I also found it described on this website:
http://eilat.sci.brooklyn.cuny.edu/cis1_5/old%20hws/hw2d_c.htm
The Lyman series involve jumps to or from the ground state (n=1); the Balmer series (in which all the lines are in the visible region) corresponds to n=2

and
The Lyman series is in the ultraviolet while the Balmer series is in the visible

Hope this helps!

Alexa Hernandez 3k
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### Re: Balmer vs. Lyman Series

Balmer was in the visible region while Lyman was in the UV region of the spectrum. Each has a different quantum number because the energy levels are different...

Siddiq 1E
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### Re: Balmer vs. Lyman Series

Will the lowest energy level always correspond to quote unquote "where the electron ends up" ? What if the electron jumps up energy levels?