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Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:19 pm
by Celine 1F
Is there an infinite amount of energy levels an electron can jump to or is there only a certain amount?

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:25 pm
by Hailey Kim 4G
An electron can only jump to as many energy levels the atom has.

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:33 pm
by Louise Lin 2B
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.

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:01 pm
by SajaZidan_1K
Does anyone know if the energy levels correspond to the electron shells of a particular atom?

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:52 pm
by Sean Cheah 1E
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.

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:24 pm
by AChoudhry_1L
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.

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:42 pm
by 504939134
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.

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:52 pm
by Ruby Richter 2L
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.

Re: Electron Energy Levels

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:12 pm
by erica thompson 4I
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?