Quantum Numbers and Energy Levels

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Quantum Numbers and Energy Levels

Postby Diana A 2L » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:45 pm

Why do energy levels become closer together as the quantum number, n, increases? Why is there such a large gap between the first and second energy levels?

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Re: Quantum Numbers and Energy Levels

Postby Kaylee Sepulveda 4G » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:50 pm

The value of the energy level is proportional to 1/n^2 which gives a series 1, 1/4, 1/9, 1/16, and so on

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Re: Quantum Numbers and Energy Levels

Postby haileyramsey-1c » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:14 pm

The energy levels get close and closer together due to a higher effective nuclear charge. As energy levels go up, the pull on the electrons decreases causing a greater distance between nucleus and outermost orbital. There is such a large gap because there is a greater energy change.

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