Asked Feb 1, 2019

Write a ~1-2 page summary in answer to the question, “What does the emission spectrum of the hydrogen atom reveal about its energy levels?” Be sure to compare and contrast the terms energy, energy level, transition, and spectroscopic line.


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Step 1

Hydrogen has one electron attached to its nucleus. Energy in hydrogen atom is related to the energy of the electron. When the electron makes transitions from one energy level to another, photons are emitted whose energy is equal to the energy lost by the electron during the transition. Energy E of the emitted photon of wavelength λ is given by,

Step 2

Energy of hydrogen in nth level is,

Step 3

Energy of light emitted is equal to the difference between the energies corresponding to the transition levels. Suppose electron...


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