Hydrogen Emission Spectra

LO: Understand how Hydrogen’s electron energy levels result in the Hydrogen emission spectra.

As we studied yesterday, the Bohr model describes the energy levels of an atom as a series of shells with the the inner shell being at the lpwest or ground state energy.

Here’s a graphic of Hydrogen’s energy levels, the electronic transitions between levels, the Lyman, Balmer, and Paschen series.

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Make a table with 3 columns.

Column 1: write the wavelengths of the Balmer series transitions.

Column 2: For each, write the transition from n’  to n.

Column 3: For each transition, use the wavelength to identify the color of the emission line. (hint, reference the visible spectrum in your book or use the following spectrum;


Q: Which emission line has the most energy, which has the least energy.