We are asked which transition in a hydrogen atom would absorb the photon of greatest frequency
The larger the wavelength the smaller the frequency.
We’re going to use the Balmer Equation which relates wavelengths to a photon’s electronic transitions.
λ = wavelength, m
R = Rydberg constant = 1.097x107 m-1
Z = atomic number of the element
ninitial = initial energy level
nfinal = final energy level
Absorbing energy means we go from lower to a higher level.
Which transition in a hydrogen atom would absorb the photon of greatest frequency?
n = 3 to n = 1
n = 6 to n = 2
n = 2 to n = 9
n = 35 to n = 2
n = 12 to n = 6
n = 1 to n = 4
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