Energy Level Change

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torialmquist1F
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Energy Level Change

Postby torialmquist1F » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:03 pm

Does an excited electron always drop back down to level 1 to become most stable? Or is it possible that it will drop to a level higher than one?

Sarah Rutzick 1L
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Re: Energy Level Change

Postby Sarah Rutzick 1L » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:16 pm

I think that an excited electron in a hydrogen atom will always drop back down to the first energy level because that is where electrons are most stable, especially since hydrogen only has one electron and that electron exists naturally in the first energy level.

Nickolas Manipud 1C
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Re: Energy Level Change

Postby Nickolas Manipud 1C » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:54 am

It is possible for the electron to continue to move to higher levels.

More often than not, the electron will drop back down to the ground state because it is most stable there. However, if an electron jumps to the first state, it can jump to the second state if the electron absorbs another photon just before it can go back to the ground state (Note: this incoming photon must match the energy difference between the first and second state in order for this to occur)

Hope this makes sense!

Chloe Blume 1F
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Re: Energy Level Change

Postby Chloe Blume 1F » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:02 pm

I believe it is possible for electrons to drop down to levels other than n=1. If the change in E is not equal to the amount necessary to move it back down to n=1 then it cannot go there. However, n=1 is the most stable state so the electrons are going to want to move down to that level.

Ilan Shavolian 1K
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Re: Energy Level Change

Postby Ilan Shavolian 1K » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:15 pm

To add,
is there any specific reason an electron wouldn't automatically just jump back to level one?
is it random?

Janet Nguyen 2H
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Re: Energy Level Change

Postby Janet Nguyen 2H » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:11 pm

Ilan Shavolian 1F wrote:To add,
is there any specific reason an electron wouldn't automatically just jump back to level one?
is it random?

I went to office hours and Lavelle answered a similar question someone had. The question was "why do some electrons go from n=4 to n=2 while others go straight down to n=1?" And to sum it up, yeah it's just random


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