Finding Final n

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Finding Final n

Postby Ananta3G » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:07 pm

Hi! I am having a bit of trouble doing 1A.15 in the textbook. I know I need to use -hR/n^2, find the change in E, and that n initial is equal to 2 because the wavelength, 102.6 nm is in the ultraviolet spectrum. I am unsure of how to put it all together. Here is the question: In the ultraviolet spectrum of atomic hydrogen, a line is observed at 102.6 nm. Determine the values of n for the initial and final energy levels of the electron during the emission of energy that leads to this spectral line.

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Re: Finding Final n

Postby Kevin Antony 2B » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:21 pm

102.6 nm would be part of the Lyman series which means n would equal 1.

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Re: Finding Final n

Postby haileyramsey-1c » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:43 pm

For this problem, you know the nfinal is 1 because UV light is the Lyman series. But you need to first use v=c/λ to find the frequency. Then you use Rydberg equation to find n2 which is 3.

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