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Energy Level Change

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:03 pm
by torialmquist1F
Does an excited electron always drop back down to level 1 to become most stable? Or is it possible that it will drop to a level higher than one?

Re: Energy Level Change

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:16 pm
by Sarah Rutzick 1L
I think that an excited electron in a hydrogen atom will always drop back down to the first energy level because that is where electrons are most stable, especially since hydrogen only has one electron and that electron exists naturally in the first energy level.

Re: Energy Level Change

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:54 am
by Nickolas Manipud 1C
It is possible for the electron to continue to move to higher levels.

More often than not, the electron will drop back down to the ground state because it is most stable there. However, if an electron jumps to the first state, it can jump to the second state if the electron absorbs another photon just before it can go back to the ground state (Note: this incoming photon must match the energy difference between the first and second state in order for this to occur)

Hope this makes sense!

Re: Energy Level Change

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:02 pm
by Chloe Blume 1F
I believe it is possible for electrons to drop down to levels other than n=1. If the change in E is not equal to the amount necessary to move it back down to n=1 then it cannot go there. However, n=1 is the most stable state so the electrons are going to want to move down to that level.

Re: Energy Level Change

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:15 pm
by Ilan Shavolian 1K
To add,
is there any specific reason an electron wouldn't automatically just jump back to level one?
is it random?

Re: Energy Level Change

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:11 pm
by Janet Nguyen 2H
Ilan Shavolian 1F wrote:To add,
is there any specific reason an electron wouldn't automatically just jump back to level one?
is it random?

I went to office hours and Lavelle answered a similar question someone had. The question was "why do some electrons go from n=4 to n=2 while others go straight down to n=1?" And to sum it up, yeah it's just random