## Rydberg equation

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305115396
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### Rydberg equation

In the video modules, professor Lavelle said that the Rydberg equation is v=-R [(1/n^2) - (1/n^2) , but the textbook says that the correct equation is v= R [(1/n^2) - (1/n^2). Why did professor Lavelle say to add a negative to the Rydberg constant and which one is correct?
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Danny Zhang 4L
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### Re: Rydberg equation

They are both correct. However, professor Lavelle prefers using negative signs to clearly indicate that higher n results in higher energy.

Shibhon_Shepard
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### Re: Rydberg equation

wait, how does a negative indicate a higher state? is it because electrons are negative and as you have more it becomes more negative?

Danny Zhang 4L
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### Re: Rydberg equation

Given that the energy is found through -(hR/n^2), increasing n would indicate greater energy as the result becomes less negative. If we use hR/n^2 to find the energy instead, increasing n would result in lower energy values, which is not correct.