Negative Sign


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Raymond Ko 1H
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Negative Sign

Postby Raymond Ko 1H » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:42 pm

For the equation involving atomic levels:
En = -(hR)/n^2
Could someone explain for me one more time why there is a negative sign at the beginning of the equation?

John_Richey_4A
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Re: Negative Sign

Postby John_Richey_4A » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:00 pm

Because it is energy emitted which results in an energy state more negative than when it hadn't emitted a photon.

Joonsoo Kim 4L
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Re: Negative Sign

Postby Joonsoo Kim 4L » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:54 pm

The negative sign indicates that energy is lost from the electron in the process of jumping from a higher to lower energy level. The opposite of this value (positive number) would be the energy gained by the photon that is emitted as a result of this jump between energy levels.

Andrewwiner4D
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Re: Negative Sign

Postby Andrewwiner4D » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:27 pm

Because the electron is losing energy as it moves down energy levels. Photons will be emitted (Light will be visible).
-Andrew Winer 4D

Anita Wong 1H
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Re: Negative Sign

Postby Anita Wong 1H » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:27 pm

joonsoo explained it right! Because we are going from a higher energy level to a lower energy level, the change in energy is negative since we are going down energy levels.


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