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Kaili Valenzuela 2B
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Sapling #11

Postby Kaili Valenzuela 2B » Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:53 pm

Hello! I'm having difficultly figuring out how to solve this question on sapling if someone could please help!

A blue line is observed at 486.1 nm in the spectrum of atomic hydrogen. Determine the values of n for the beginning and ending energy levels of the electron during the emission of energy that leads to this spectral line.


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Re: Sapling #11

Postby HannahRobinson3L » Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:02 pm

Because the line is blue, we know this line belongs to the Balmer series. This means that the electron transitions from higher levels down to the energy level n=2. So we now know that n1=2. We can then use the Rydberg equation to determine the n2 energy level, by converting the given wavelength to frequency and plugging in the Rydberg constant. Hope this makes sense.

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Re: Sapling #11

Postby Joseph Hsing 2C » Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:58 pm

First, make sure you convert the given wavelength to meters so it would be 486.1 x 10^-9 m. Use v=c/lambda to convert to frequency. Plug frequency and n1=2 into Rydberg Equation to find n2. You should get n2=4.

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