Electron Energy Levels

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Celine 1F
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Electron Energy Levels

Postby Celine 1F » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:19 pm

Is there an infinite amount of energy levels an electron can jump to or is there only a certain amount?

Hailey Kim 4G
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby Hailey Kim 4G » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:25 pm

An electron can only jump to as many energy levels the atom has.

Louise Lin 2B
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby Louise Lin 2B » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:33 pm

The number of energy levels that an electron can jump to depends on the number of energy levels an atom of the element has. The number of energy levels an atom has depends on its placement on the periodic table.

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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby SajaZidan_1K » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:01 pm

Does anyone know if the energy levels correspond to the electron shells of a particular atom?

Sean Cheah 1E
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby Sean Cheah 1E » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:52 pm

This contradicts a lot of what's already been posted here, but I always thought that an electron could be excited to any electron level from 1 to a theoretical infinity (e.g. completely removed from the atom) depending on the energy of the photon that it interacts with. I don't think the energy levels that electrons normally occupy (the ground state, indicated by the element's location on the periodic table) have any bearing on the possible energy levels that an electron can be excited to.

AChoudhry_1L
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby AChoudhry_1L » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:24 pm

The amount of energy levels depends on what element we are talking about. Each element's atoms have different amounts of energy levels. For example, Hydrogen has electrons in the first energy level and Oxygen has electrons in the second energy level.

504939134
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby 504939134 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:42 pm

From what I recall Professor Lavelle saying is that each atom has unique electronic structures and energy levels, which is why they can only absorb or emit unique frequencies that are allowed by their unique structures.

Ruby Richter 2L
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby Ruby Richter 2L » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:52 pm

He also mentioned that spectroscopic analysis of light given off by excited atoms shows only photons of particular energy are given off. This can be used to identify elements because like the above comment says, frequencies of light emitted and absorbed are unique for each element.

erica thompson 4I
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Re: Electron Energy Levels

Postby erica thompson 4I » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:12 pm

Does the number of energy levels not depend on the number of electrons the atom has? Or was that a simpler way of thinking about it in high school?


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