Energy Level Series

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Abby Ellstrom 1I
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Energy Level Series

Postby Abby Ellstrom 1I » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:11 pm

What do the energy levels conceptually mean or apply to (n=1,n=2,etc) when discussing the H-atom. How do the series names (Lymer, Balmer, etc) relate to anything?

Nicole Jacobs 1C
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Re: Energy Level Series

Postby Nicole Jacobs 1C » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:39 pm

The energy levels are discrete amounts of energy that the electron jumps to when it gets excited from that specific amount of energy. When the electron moves to a higher energy state, it becomes unstable, and emits the energy it just received to return back down to its stable ground state. The Balmer series uses visible light and has the lowest energy level for the e- set as n=2. The Lyman series uses UV light and has the lowest energy level for the e- set as n=1.

rkusampudi
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Re: Energy Level Series

Postby rkusampudi » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:45 pm

I would like to add that there is also the Paschen series which has a lower energy level of n=3.


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