Negative Sign in Bohr's Equation

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Lauryn Jordan 1F
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Negative Sign in Bohr's Equation

Postby Lauryn Jordan 1F » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:40 am

What is the significance/origin of the negative sign in Bohr's equation: En=-hR/n^2

MichelleT_1L
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Re: Negative Sign in Bohr's Equation

Postby MichelleT_1L » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:04 am

The negative sign in Bohr's equation is there because E=0 when the electron and neutron are separated completely (when the electron is free). So, as they get closer (or get lower in orbitals), they are losing energy and therefore the energy calculated when doing Bohr's equation is negative.

Jessica Jones 2B
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Re: Negative Sign in Bohr's Equation

Postby Jessica Jones 2B » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:06 am

When n=infinity, E=0, and as the energy levels descend, your energy will always be a more negative number.

Jessica_Singh_1J
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Re: Negative Sign in Bohr's Equation

Postby Jessica_Singh_1J » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:50 am

Bohr assumed that when an electron is removed completely, the energy of the system is 0. However, when the electron is still around the nucleus, the system is more stable and thus at a lower energy. Thus, there is a negative sign in front of the equation.


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