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About Bohr's Model

  1. Apr 5, 2004 #1
    Does Bohr's Model appear to accurately reflect the energy aspects of the hydrogen atom ?

    I need an evidence to support the answer. :confused:

    Thanks :}
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  3. Apr 5, 2004 #2


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    I am going by memory, so don't trust me on this...

    Bohr's model, which preceded the Schodinger equation, was able to give fairly accurate differences between energy levels of electrons making a transition between different principle quantum numbers. This was around the time of the First World War. As experimental techniques of spectroscopy improved, more discrepancies were found between experimental data and the predictions of the Bohr model. I am thinking of things like: Zeeman effect, anomalous Zeeman effect, hyperfine structure, and Lamb shift.

    Others here will know more details on this.

    EDITED: Spelling: Zeeman, not Zeman.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2004
  4. Apr 5, 2004 #3
    I forget what Bohr's rules were but he was accurately able to predict the energy levels of the hydrogen atom. But only for hydrogen.

    Look up his rules...
    They're something like (1/n) + (1/n+1) = 1 or something.

    I remember doing an experiment in my lab and the energy levels he predicted using his rule were experimentally proven to be correct. I'm tired and am having trouble remembering what we did but a simple search should answer this question.
  5. Apr 5, 2004 #4
    Thank you all .. That helped me alot :)
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