Problem: Which of the following electron transitions requires the smallest energy to be absorbed by the hydrogen atom?A. from n = 1 to n = 2B. from n = 2 to n = 4C. from n = 2 to n = 6D. from n = 3 to n = 6E. from n = 4 to n = 6

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We’re being asked to determine which among the given electronic transitions requires the smallest energy to be absorbed by the hydrogen atom.


When an electron absorbs sufficient energy and becomes excited, it would jump to a higher level

The diagram below shows how much energy is required when an electron goes from 1 shell to another.


Distance = Energy

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Which of the following electron transitions requires the smallest energy to be absorbed by the hydrogen atom?

A. from n = 1 to n = 2

B. from n = 2 to n = 4

C. from n = 2 to n = 6

D. from n = 3 to n = 6

E. from n = 4 to n = 6

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