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Initial and Final States of Hydrogen

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A hydrogen atom in an excited state emits a photon of wavelength 95 nm. Select the initial and final states of the hydrogen atom.

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Word document showing how to use the Rydberg formula to work out the states of a hydrogen atom from the photon wavelength in its excited state.

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Transitions in the hydrogen atom; emission lines, absorption spectrum

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1. For each of the following transitions in he hydrogen atom, calculate the energy, frequency, and wavelength of the associated radiation, and determine whether the radiation is emitted or absorbed.

a. n=5 to n=1
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2. One of the emission lines of the hydrogen atom spectrum has a wavelength of 93.8 nm.

a. Determine the region of the electromagnetic spectrum this emission is found.
b. Determine the initial and final values of n associated with the emission.

3. What is the difference between an emission spectrum and an absorption spectrum?

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