Energy Levels

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annikaying
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Energy Levels

Postby annikaying » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:26 pm

I was wondering if when an electron drops two energy levels does that mean that two photons are released or is it just a photon with more energy?

Vanessa Chuang 4F
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Vanessa Chuang 4F » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:41 pm

I think that electrons generally only drop one energy level at a time so they would emit one photon when they drop the first level and then emit a second photon when they drop the second level.
I'm not 100% sure about this though so if anyone knows for sure, please correct me if I'm wrong

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Re: Energy Levels

Postby AVerma_F19 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:49 pm

I believe that 1 photon is always released per energy change. This can be observed by the fact that light of just ONE frequency can cause an electron to jump 2 energy levels.

Ashley Kim 3F
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Ashley Kim 3F » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:03 pm

When an electron drops two levels, it is not that two photons are emitted, but that the one photon that is emitted has more energy that if the electron only dropped one level.

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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Sydney Myers 4I » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:33 pm

Vanessa Chuang 4F wrote:I think that electrons generally only drop one energy level at a time so they would emit one photon when they drop the first level and then emit a second photon when they drop the second level.
I'm not 100% sure about this though so if anyone knows for sure, please correct me if I'm wrong



Electrons CAN jump two energy levels and even more. Think about the Lyman Series, comprised of all the emissions that are involved with jumps from or to n=1. There are several emissions in the series, one line for the jump from n=2 to n=1, another line (with more energy) for the jump from n=3 to n=1 (and so on). Since there is a distinct line for each, and each line represents a photon with a certain wavelength and therefore a certain energy, only one photon is released for each of these jumps.

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Re: Energy Levels

Postby 805307623 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:39 pm

I believe that the more energy levels an electron drops, the greater the change in the kinetic energy is. I does not have to drop one energy level at a time.

Shrayes Raman
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Shrayes Raman » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:41 am

One photon would be emitted with each successive drop in energy level.

Caroline Zepecki
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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Caroline Zepecki » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:06 am

When looking at energy levels, is there a direct correspondence of 1 photon -> 1 energy level? wouldn't it depend on the intensity of a photon, or is the intensity the same for all photons, and thus a constant relationship between photons and energy level?

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Re: Energy Levels

Postby Shutong Hou_1F » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:17 am

When an electron drops two energy levels, only one photon will be released, but the photon would have more energy than that released from an electron dropping one energy level. In the photoelectric effect, electrons exhibit properties of one sort of particles called photons. When thinking this way, it is much easier to understand that one electron could only cause the emission of one photon.


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