We’re being asked to calculate for the wavelength of light absorbed by a ground-state hydrogen atom to cause an electron to transition to n = 3.
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
Calculate the wavelength of light absorbed (λ):
What wavelength of light (in nm) if absorbed by a ground-state hydrogen atom could cause an electron to transition to n=3?
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