# Problem: What is the shortest wavelength that can be emitted by a hydrogen atom?

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In this problem, we are required to identify the transition that will give the shortest wavelength and determine its numerical value.

The wavelength emitted during electronic transitions in the hydrogen atom is:

$\overline{)\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{\lambda }}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{R}}{\mathbf{\left(}}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{{{\mathbf{n}}_{\mathbit{f}}}^{\mathbf{2}}}{\mathbf{-}}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{{\mathbf{n}}_{{\mathbit{i}}^{\mathbf{2}}}}{\mathbf{\right)}}}$ where R is the Rydberg constant.

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What is the shortest wavelength that can be emitted by a hydrogen atom?

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