Electron Question

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Electron Question

Postby Anand Narayan 1G » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:53 pm

Why can an electron only exist on specific energy levels?

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Re: Electron Question

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:01 pm

The energy levels accessible by electrons are quantized rather than continuous.

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Re: Electron Question

Postby ThomascnguyenDis1J » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:31 pm

I'm sorry, but could you clarify the difference between having something quantized rather than continuous.

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Re: Electron Question

Postby Rachel-Weisz3C » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:43 pm

I think what they mean is that electrons have a range of values instead of continuous energy levels, implying an unending range, which is why an electron can’t exist in every case but rather a specific or quantized level.

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Re: Electron Question

Postby Kyleigh Follis 2H » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:41 pm

The energy of a particle is quantized, meaning it is restricted to a series of discrete values, called energy levels. According to quantum mechanics, because there are boundary conditions on wave functions and each wavelength corresponds to a different energy energy is quantized. Because an electron in an atom has a wave function that must satisfy certain constraints in 3-D, only some solutions and their corresponding energies are acceptable.

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Re: Electron Question

Postby Manas Jinka » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:03 am

The energy of the electron is quantized. Thus, it can only take certain discrete energy levels.

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Re: Electron Question

Postby Hannah Padilla 1H » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:43 pm

Since electron energies are quantized (they can only be certain numbers, and not continuous), then their energy levels reflect that

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