Excitation of an atom

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melissa_dis4K
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Excitation of an atom

Postby melissa_dis4K » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:49 pm

This may be very simple, but I am trying to understand why it is that when an atom is excited it gains energy? Is there an easier visual way for me to understand this?

Caitlin_Murphy_3C
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Re: Excitation of an atom

Postby Caitlin_Murphy_3C » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:04 pm

When an atom becomes excited, an electron in that atom moves to an outer shell (a higher n value). The higher the n value, aka the further away it is from the nucleus, the more energy that electron (and atom) has. Hope this helps!


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