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 Nov 11th 2014, 10:26 AM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2014 Posts: 12 Bohr model and energy Hi guys, my first post on this forum. I was wondering if anyone could help me crack this nut: Using the Bohr model of the atom: (i) What would you expect the lowest energy transition from the n=2 to n=1 state to be for single electron ions of the following elements. (ii) What would be the corresponding Bohr radii for the n=1 states in such systems? a. hydrogen (Z=1) Cheers
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 Originally Posted by mss90 Hi guys, my first post on this forum. I was wondering if anyone could help me crack this nut: Using the Bohr model of the atom: (i) What would you expect the lowest energy transition from the n=2 to n=1 state to be for single electron ions of the following elements. (ii) What would be the corresponding Bohr radii for the n=1 states in such systems? a. hydrogen (Z=1) Cheers
For both questions we need the formula for the radius for a one electron ion:
a_n = (n^2/Z) * (constant)

So for n = 1, the larger the Z the lower the energy.

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 Nov 12th 2014, 05:04 AM #3 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2014 Posts: 12 alright this is what i did; En = -13.6eV*Z2/n2 n=2 -> n=1 for hydrogen (Z=1) E2= -13.6eV*12/22 =-3.4 eV E1= -13.6eV*12/12 = -13.6 eV deltaE = x1 – x2 = -3.4 + 13.5 = 10.2 eV So 10.2 eV is the lowest energy transition from n2 to n1 right? Does the constant change with elements?
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 Originally Posted by mss90 alright this is what i did; En = -13.6eV*Z2/n2 n=2 -> n=1 for hydrogen (Z=1) E2= -13.6eV*12/22 =-3.4 eV E1= -13.6eV*12/12 = -13.6 eV deltaE = x1 – x2 = -3.4 + 13.5 = 10.2 eV So 10.2 eV is the lowest energy transition from n2 to n1 right? Does the constant change with elements?
First you need to use exponential notation. 12 is not the same as 1! In "text" code we use ^ for powers: 2^2 and 1^2 respectively.

Yes, this is the lowest energy. The transition from n = 2 to n = 2 would be -13.6*Z^2*(1/2^2 - 1/1^2) eV. Since Z is larger than one for anything but hydrogen, the levels for hydrogen will be the smallest.

Yes, Z changes. Z is the atomic number of the element.

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 Originally Posted by topsquark First you need to use exponential notation. 12 is not the same as 1! In "text" code we use ^ for powers: 2^2 and 1^2 respectively. Yes, this is the lowest energy. The transition from n = 2 to n = 2 would be -13.6*Z^2*(1/2^2 - 1/1^2) eV. Since Z is larger than one for anything but hydrogen, the levels for hydrogen will be the smallest. Yes, Z changes. Z is the atomic number of the element. -Dan
Hi Dan,

I know that it's been a while since I've posted here but it seems like you're no longer requiring people to post what they've done before giving them help. Is that the case? And are you doing the entire problem for them now?

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 Originally Posted by Pmb Hi Dan, I know that it's been a while since I've posted here but it seems like you're no longer requiring people to post what they've done before giving them help. Is that the case? And are you doing the entire problem for them now?
(shrugs) The OP did the actual work. I simply mentioned the equation.

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 Originally Posted by topsquark (shrugs)
I don't understand what "shrugs" means. Please explain.

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 Originally Posted by Pmb I don't understand what "shrugs" means. Please explain.
A "shrug" is raising your shoulders indicating a lack of worry.

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 Originally Posted by topsquark A "shrug" is raising your shoulders indicating a lack of worry. -Dan
I see. The reason I ask is because some people use it to indicate that someone is being stupid. Since that doesn't sound like a way that you'd treat me I had to ask. Thanks my friend.

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