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Could someone expand a little bit on this for me? As an electron gains more energy, it rises to higher quantum levels. However, does the electron's path or orbital motion remain the same, just further away from the nucleus?
An electron that gains energy doesn't necessarily jump energy shells (principal quantum number). It can also be excited to a higher energy subshell (orbital) in the same energy level. For example an electron in a 2s state can be excited to a 2p state.
After a while, the electron will fall back down to a lower energy level/original one and release this energy in the form of photons. When an electron returns to the ground state, it no longer releases energy.
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