Energy Levels

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Leah Thomas 2E
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Energy Levels

Postby Leah Thomas 2E » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:51 am

Dr. Lavelle mentioned this briefly but if an electron is somehow excited to the second energy level and then is able to jump to the third energy level, when it emits energy does it go back to the second energy level then the first or just drops straight back to the first?

SantanaRodriguezDis1G
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby SantanaRodriguezDis1G » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:10 am

It depends on the energy of the incoming photon

Alyssa Parry Disc 1H
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Alyssa Parry Disc 1H » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:15 am

Yes, for example if the energy of the incoming photon matches the energy difference between n=3 and n=1 then the electron will move to n=1, but if the energy of the incoming photon matches the energy difference between n=3 and n=2 then the electron will only move to n=2.

Mikaila 3E
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Mikaila 3E » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:56 pm

An electron cannot be between two energy levels; n is a discrete, whole number, thus the energy of the incoming photon has to be the exact energy difference if an electron is to change levels.


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