Ground State

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Ground State

Postby Samantha Rundle 3K » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:20 pm

I understand that different atoms have different ground states, but when we are asked questions, where the ground state is not n=1, will the ground state always be given or are there ways to solve for it?


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stelang
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Re: Ground State

Postby stelang » Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:27 pm

They are sometimes given, but other times the problem might just mention the presence of ultraviolet or visible light. A hydrogen atom producing ultraviolet light is part of the Lyman series and thus the ground state is always 1, so n1=1. Meanwhile a hydrogen atom emitting or absorbing visible light is part of the Balmer series in which the initial ground state level is always 2, so n1=2. So if the numbers aren't given look out for what type of light is produced and you will at least have one of the energy levels.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Samantha Rundle 3K » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:48 pm

Thank you so much!


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