We’re being asked to determine the electron transition that produces light of the highest frequency in the hydrogen atom. Recall that starting from n = 1, the distance between each energy level gets smaller as shown below:
All of the given transitions involve going from a higher energy level to a lower energy level: this means emission is involved. Recall that the energy of a photon is given by:
We can see that energy and frequency are directly proportional: higher energy means higher frequency.
Which electron transition produces light of the highest frequency in the hydrogen atom?
a) 5p → 1s
b) 4p → 1s
c) 3p → 1s
d) 2p → 1s
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