Lower energy level

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Lower energy level

Postby Astha Sahoo 3I » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:10 am

For question 1A.11, it talks about the lower energy levels for different series - what does that exactly mean? For example, the Lyman series has a lower energy level of n = 1.

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Re: Lower energy level

Postby Marisa Gaitan 2D » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:26 am

I believe it means each series shares a different lower energy level. For example, the Lyman series shares a lower energy level of n=1, meaning that electron dropped from some higher energy level to n=1. Same with the Balmer series, the electron dropped from a higher energy level down to n=2. These series are just the groupings of lines representing different specific wavelengths on the atomic spectra and "lower energy level" in general is just closer to the nucleus.

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Re: Lower energy level

Postby ellenulitsky Dis 1I » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:37 am

Hi, during the lecture on Wednesday, Dr. Lavelle showed this diagram that explained the difference in wavelength between the Balmer series and the Lyman series. The energery level one and two have a lot of space(energy difference) in between then which is seen in the 121.6nm, 102.6nm in the Lymen series. Hope this helps!
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Re: Lower energy level

Postby jessicasilverstein1F » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:55 am

The Lyman series means that an electron has dropped from a higher energy state down to the energy state of n=1. Different series have different base energy levels that the electron drops to.


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