Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
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Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
Dr. Lavelle prefers that we use E=(hR)/n^2 rather than the frequency=R(1/(n1)^2  1/(n2)^2) because it's a better conceptual application. On the midterm, are we allowed to use the Rydberg Equation rather than the fundamental equation, because I've notice it's much quicker to attain an answer that way? If so, does n1=n final and n2= n initial? I keep mixing them up and I'm becoming a little confused. If someone could explain, that would be awesome!

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Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
Dr. Lavelle wants us to use precisely because it is easy to mix up the n1 and n2. In the equation he gives us, it is E=nfinal ninitial.

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Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
I'm sure we would be able to use either equation. My TA said our scratchwork is not going to be graded, so as long as you get the right answer you will get credit. Also, we did a problem on finding n energy levels in our discussion and my TA used the rydberg equation, so I think it's fine to use.
Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
The Rydberg equation is really just a derivation of E=(hR)/n^2. Since the midterm is multiple choice and you are not getting points for your work, either is an acceptable way to solve the problem, and you can decide which is easiest for you to use. N1 will equal your final energy level, and N2 will equal your initial energy level, in order for the equation to make sense. For example, if the transition is from n=4 to n=1, you have (1/1^2)(1/4^2). The opposite way would result in a negative number.

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Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
I don't think you're required to show work for the midterm since all of the questions are multiple choice, so you can probably use the Rydberg Equation (but make sure you know the E=(hR)/n^2 equation too!). I believe that n1 is the n final and n2 is the n initial. I kept mixing them up too lol.

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Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
You can use either equation since the test will be multiple choice and your work won't be graded. However, Dr. Lavelle said there could be some questions where E=(hR)/n^2 would work better.

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Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
I think either equation is acceptable to use on the midterm, and especially since the midterm is timed, it would make sense to use the Rydberg equation frequency=R(1/(n1)^2  1/(n2)^2) in order to save time. As long as you understand conceptually where that equation comes from, the Rydberg equation essentially comes from the empirical formula E=(hR)/n^2. It is just important to pay attention to the energy levels. From the formula on the equations sheet, n1 would be the final energy level and n2 would be the starting energy level.

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Re: Rydberg Equation and its Fundamental Equation
Farah Abumeri 1B wrote:Dr. Lavelle prefers that we use E=(hR)/n^2 rather than the frequency=R(1/(n1)^2  1/(n2)^2) because it's a better conceptual application. On the midterm, are we allowed to use the Rydberg Equation rather than the fundamental equation, because I've notice it's much quicker to attain an answer that way? If so, does n1=n final and n2= n initial? I keep mixing them up and I'm becoming a little confused. If someone could explain, that would be awesome!
Hi! Yes, Dr. Lavelle said that we could use whichever one that we prefer, and in the term of the one where it is equal to frequency, it is final minus initial.
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