Atomic Spectra Question  [ENDORSED]

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Atomic Spectra Question

Postby Colleen_Clarke_4B » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:37 pm

What is the fundamental difference between the Balmer series and the Lyman series in the spectrum of atomic hydrogen?? (The book definitions are very vague)

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Re: Atomic Spectra Question  [ENDORSED]

Postby hafsa_zulfiqar_1j » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:23 pm

-The Balmer series is in the visible light area of the spectrum and its wavelengths are typically longer than 400 nm but shorter than 700 nm. Furthermore, the Balmer series lowest energy level is at n=2.

-The Lyman series however lies in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum with its wavelengths lying in the UV region of the spectrum, so from 100-400 nm. Its lowest energy level is n=1.

These are basically the main differences between the two.

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