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Balmer series, Lyman series?

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:44 pm
by Claudia Luong 4K
Some of the problems in Chapter 1 involved knowing concepts such as the Balmer series and the Lyman series, but these were not on the Outline 2 or on the test. Do we need to fully master these concepts for the midterm?

Re: Balmer series, Lyman series?

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:48 pm
by Elias Omar 1G
According to my TA, and I think professor Lavelle as well, all you need to know is that the Balmer series is the series of spectra produced when the electron's final resting place is in the second energy level (n=2), while in the Lyman series the electron's final resting place is the first energy level (n=1). I don't think we'll need to know more than that on the midterm.

Re: Balmer series, Lyman series?

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:04 am
by Catly Do 2E
The Balmer and Lyman series are just named for series with a specific final resting energy quanta level (n). Lyman's final resting spot is n=1 whereas Balmer ends at n=2.

Re: Balmer series, Lyman series?

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:24 am
by Nawaphan Watanasirisuk 3B
I think you only need to to know that both the Lyman and Balmer series are spectral line for H atoms and that Balmer series is the visible region in which the final n [n1] is 2. For Lyman series n1 is 1 and it lies in the ultraviolet region.