Electron Gaining/Losing energy

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Reese - Dis 1G
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Electron Gaining/Losing energy

Postby Reese - Dis 1G » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:06 pm

When an atom is excited, does the electron gain or lose energy?

Nada AbouHaiba 1I
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Re: Electron Gaining/Losing energy

Postby Nada AbouHaiba 1I » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:08 pm

When the atom is excited it is gaining energy, that is why it is able to jump to higher energy levels.

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Alex Hitti 3E
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Re: Electron Gaining/Losing energy

Postby Alex Hitti 3E » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:07 pm

When atoms absorb energy, the electrons go into an "excited" state which moves them up electron orbitals. In short, when an atom is excited, electrons have absorbed energy.

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Re: Electron Gaining/Losing energy

Postby Amy Pham 1D » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:11 pm

Further, when an atom absorbs energy its electrons jump up to higher energy levels in by quantized amounts, going up in specific levels through the electron orbitals. So yes, electrons of excited atoms gain energy.

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Re: Electron Gaining/Losing energy

Postby Justin Vayakone 1C » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:23 pm

Just to add to the topic, when an electron goes down to lower energy levels, it releases energy in the form of photons.

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Re: Electron Gaining/Losing energy

Postby Kayli Choy 2F » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:17 pm

Additionally, electrons can only absorb or emit certain discrete packets, or quanta, of energy. This means that only when an electron absorbs a certain amount of energy will it jump up to the next energy level. And since electrons can only emit certain amounts of energy, they will only emit the specific corresponding wavelengths of light.

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