Hydrogen series

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Carlos Gonzales 1H
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Hydrogen series

Postby Carlos Gonzales 1H » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:09 pm

During lecture, the Balmer and Lyman series were mentioned. These are just two series, and I've heard of the Paschen series, but are there more hydrogen series and if so would they be necessary to learn? Thanks

Miranda 1J
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Re: Hydrogen series

Postby Miranda 1J » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:59 pm

I think the Lyman and Balmer series are the only two you should remember, seeing as they were the only two mentioned in lecture. But even for them all you need to know is that for Lyman series (UV) n=1 and for the Balmer series (visible region) n=2.

Andrea Grigsby 1I
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Re: Hydrogen series

Postby Andrea Grigsby 1I » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:13 pm

there is also a "Brackett series" which is n=4 but i'm 99.9% sure we don't need to know this

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Re: Hydrogen series

Postby Andrea ORiordan 1L » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:22 pm

If we are expected to do calculations with other series besides the Balmer and Lyman series, the principle quantum number of the series (n) will probably just be given. I wonder how many series have actually been experimentally observed?

Rachel Brown 3A
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Re: Hydrogen series

Postby Rachel Brown 3A » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:26 pm

For this test, you only need to know Lyman and Balmer simply for which "n" level an electron begins at or returns to.

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Re: Hydrogen series

Postby Morgan Baxter 1E » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:39 pm

I agree, I think that for this test we only need to know the two that he mentioned in lecture and that are mentioned in the book. My TA went over two others, but I think it is best to spend your time studying the two that we are most familiar with.


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