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Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:51 pm
by Kathleen Vidanes 1E
Why is it that when the electrons go down from a certain energy level due to the attraction to a positive cation, they do not go all the way down but instead end up at energy level one?

Re: Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:16 pm
by Andrea Grigsby 1I
I think in the case of ~Atomic Spectra~, it's not so much the attraction of electrons to protons, but instead the absorption and emission of energy.

n=1 is the ground state/ energy level for electrons, which is the furthest "way down" an electron can go after emitting energy.

Re: Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:32 pm
by Harrison Wang 1H
^ yes, things in nature will always go to their lowest state of energy, and in this case that state is n=1

Re: Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:57 pm
by Gurshaan Nagra 2F
Is n=1 the lowest state for all atoms or just hydrogen atoms?

Re: Atomic Spectra  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:17 pm
by Chem_Mod
N=1 is the lowest state for all atoms. Great discussion!