Identifying n1 and n2

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Ria Nawathe 1C
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Identifying n1 and n2

Postby Ria Nawathe 1C » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:02 pm

How do you identify which energy level is n1 and which is n2 for frequency = R(1/(n1)^2 - 1/(n2)^2)? Is n1 always the initial energy level and n2 always the final energy level?

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Re: Identifying n1 and n2

Postby Crystal Yu 1D » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:15 pm

For the Rydberg formula, such that .

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Re: Identifying n1 and n2

Postby sophie esherick 3H » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:23 pm

In the Rydberg equation, n1 and n2 are whole integers from 1 to infinity where n2 > n1. You can also call n1 the initial energy level, for example for the Balmer series, it would be n1=2 and n2 would be any value greater than 2.

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Re: Identifying n1 and n2

Postby Marisa Gaitan 2D » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:26 pm

I'm not sure if this answers your question, but it is always going to be final - initial. So I believe in the Rydberg equation you wrote out, n1 would be final and n2 would be the initial.

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Re: Identifying n1 and n2

Postby Massimo_Capozza_1G » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:33 pm

When would this equation be applicable, or in what type of question would we use this formula?


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