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Hydrogen series

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:09 pm
by Carlos Gonzales 1H
During lecture, the Balmer and Lyman series were mentioned. These are just two series, and I've heard of the Paschen series, but are there more hydrogen series and if so would they be necessary to learn? Thanks

Re: Hydrogen series

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:59 pm
by Miranda 1J
I think the Lyman and Balmer series are the only two you should remember, seeing as they were the only two mentioned in lecture. But even for them all you need to know is that for Lyman series (UV) n=1 and for the Balmer series (visible region) n=2.

Re: Hydrogen series

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:13 pm
by Andrea Grigsby 1I
there is also a "Brackett series" which is n=4 but i'm 99.9% sure we don't need to know this

Re: Hydrogen series

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:22 pm
by Andrea ORiordan 1L
If we are expected to do calculations with other series besides the Balmer and Lyman series, the principle quantum number of the series (n) will probably just be given. I wonder how many series have actually been experimentally observed?

Re: Hydrogen series

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:26 pm
by Rachel Brown 3A
For this test, you only need to know Lyman and Balmer simply for which "n" level an electron begins at or returns to.

Re: Hydrogen series

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:39 pm
by Morgan Baxter 1E
I agree, I think that for this test we only need to know the two that he mentioned in lecture and that are mentioned in the book. My TA went over two others, but I think it is best to spend your time studying the two that we are most familiar with.