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Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:46 pm
by Blake Salfer 1B
Does somebody know what the correct answer to number 12 on the atomic spectra post-module is? All of the answers seem very similar and this is why I am a bit confused

Re: Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:01 pm
by Andreana Vetus 1A
I also have a question regarding atomic spectra, most specifically Lyman vs. Balmer. I understand that these are atomic spectrum scales, where n represents the energy level. What is the difference between the two series, and why does Lyman have n=1 and Balmer has n=2?

Re: Atomic Spectra

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:19 pm
by Brian Cook
The Lyman series involves UV light, and thus it has a higher energy drop and moves all the way down to n=1, whereas Balmer series involves visible energy which is why it only moves to n=2, thus less energy involved as well.