## Balmer and Lyman series

H-Atom ($E_{n}=-\frac{hR}{n^{2}}$)

Jina Kwon
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### Balmer and Lyman series

What is the difference between Balmer and Lyman series?

JChen_2I
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### Re: Balmer and Lyman series

The Balmer series includes all spectral line emissions that have a final n value of 2 while the Lyman series includes all spectral line emissions with a final n value of 1. Because they are all emission lines, the initial n value must be greater than 2 and 1 respectively.

Ryan Chang 1C
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### Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Also the Balmer series deals with visible light while the Lyman series deals with ultraviolet light.

Arianna Perea 3H
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### Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Does Balmer series relate to only Hydrogen atoms?

Chantel_2I
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### Re: Balmer and Lyman series

Why do these series start at n=1 and not n=0 even though n=0 represents the s orbital?

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### Re: Balmer and Lyman series

The Balmer series releases electrons to the n=2 level and happens in visible light while the Lyman series releases electrons to the n=1 level and happens in UV light.