Lyman vs Balmer Series

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Megan Purl 1E
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Lyman vs Balmer Series

I don't understand how to determine the spectroscopic series to which a transition belongs. How can you tell if it's a Lyman series or Balmer series?

Andrea Grigsby 1I
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Re: Lyman vs Balmer Series

electrons in the Lyman series emit light in the UV region, while electrons in the Balmer series emit light in the visible light region.
So you would look at the wavelength of the light emitted and deduce it from that.

(Im not sure if I answered what you were asking, but yeah)

Alyssa Pelak 1J
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Re: Lyman vs Balmer Series

Balmer series indicates that the electron has moved from another shell to n=2 or from n=2 to another shell. The wavelength that is absorbed or emitted falls into the visible light range. For Lyman series the electron has moved from another shell to n=1 or from n=1 to another shell. The wavelength is shorter and it falls in the UV range.

Gurpreet Khamba 1J
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Re: Lyman vs Balmer Series

In the Lyman series, eletrons come to rest at n=1 whereas in the Balmer series, they come to rest at n=2. The latter records the light depicted in the visible light spectrum, the former records the light in the UV spectrum.
Their are other series as well, but in short, the different series simply relate to the resting point

Payton Schwesinger 1J
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Re: Lyman vs Balmer Series

So you can deduce if an electron is in the Balmer or Lyman series by looking at the wavelength of light it absorbs? and then in terms of energy levels if it is a Lyman series that means the electron is starting from or returning to the n=1 energy level and if it is in the Balmer series that means it is starting from or returning to the n=2 energy level?
Just want to make sure I'm understanding that correctly.