Lyman and Balmer Series

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Lyman and Balmer Series

Postby YeseniaGomez_1L » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:55 pm

The Lyman and Balmer series were very briefly mentioned in lecture, I did not understand what each meant. All I was able to get was that the Lymer series somehow has to do with UV and the Balmer with inferred light. Does anyone remember what these terms mean?

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Re: Lyman and Balmer Series

Postby Celeste Martinez 1K » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:08 pm

I have the same question. Also, is there anyone that can explain problem 1.11 which asks "what is common to the lines within a series that makes grouping them together logical?"

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Re: Lyman and Balmer Series

Postby Cindy Nguyen 1L » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:04 pm

If I understand correctly, the names of each series refers to the range that the electron moves from energy to energy level. So for example, when an electron transitions from n=2 to n=1, that is called the Lyman Series. The Balmer series represents the drop from higher energy levels to n=2. These different ranges are called different names/series. It's basically the arrows that Dr. Lavelle drew when he drew the energy levels and talked about electrons moving from different energy levels.

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Re: Lyman and Balmer Series

Postby Patience Olsen 1A » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:37 pm

To add on to previous answers, the Lyman series represents the highest energy series (UV), with enough energy to reduce electrons to the lowest energy level n=1. The Balmer series represents the second highest energy series (visible light), with enough energy to reduce electrons to the energy level n=1.


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