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bellaha4F
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lyman and balmer

Postby bellaha4F » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:29 am

I'm still confused on how to use the lyman and balmer series. Can someone please explain this to me?

Minh Ngo 4G
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Re: lyman and balmer

Postby Minh Ngo 4G » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:36 am

The difference in Lyman and Balmer series is where the electron ends up when it "fall". Balmer means the e- ends up at n=2 while Lyman means the e- ends up at n=1
As in calculation, you would use it with the En = -hR/n^2 (where n is your energy level). For example, if the question is: Calculate the energy of light emitted by an H atom when e- takes the transition from the 4th quantum level in the Balmer series.
Balmer series means n=2.
So, you would plug in n=4, get the answer (1)
Plug in n=2, get the answer (2)
Takes final minus inital so (2) - (1), you would get the energy of the emitted light

Brynne Burrows 3K
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Re: lyman and balmer

Postby Brynne Burrows 3K » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:42 am

If the problem doesn't give you the n final if the electron is losing energy, or they don't give you n initial when an electron is going up levels, then you have to know that Balmer signifies n=2 and Lyman signifies n=1. These will then be plugged into the Rydberg formula to calculate the energy of the light which caused the electron to move up or down levels.

Anish Patel 4B
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Re: lyman and balmer

Postby Anish Patel 4B » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:19 pm

It is also important to know that the balmer series deals with visible light while lyman deals with UV.


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