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Savannah Mance 4G
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different Rydberg

Postby Savannah Mance 4G » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:32 am

I know on the constant sheet they write the Rydberg formula as En=-hR/n^2 but the other way to write it is v=R(1/n1^2)(1/n2^2). When do you use one versus the other? Like what kind of problems would you have where you would need to use the other version?

Anish Patel 4B
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Re: different Rydberg

Postby Anish Patel 4B » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:36 am

E/-h can be rearranged (based on the E=hv and c=lambda * v equations) to represent the left side and the coefficients of the right side of the equation. N2 is used when you are trying to determine the change in energy when an electron switches from different energy levels (n) which is when you would use the second equation

Kavee Dodampahala 4E
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Re: different Rydberg

Postby Kavee Dodampahala 4E » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:24 pm

Is it ok to use to use the second one?

Noah Canio 3C
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Re: different Rydberg

Postby Noah Canio 3C » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:26 pm

Kavee Dodampahala 4E wrote:Is it ok to use to use the second one?


It's okay to use the alternative one as long as you can ensure that you can get the correct answer to any atomic spectra questions using it. From what I remember, Dr. Lavelle really pushed for us to use the equation that he put on his equation sheet. So, I would proceed with using the alternative equation with caution.


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