Bohr model of atom

Jodi
Hi; Could someone please help me with this question: By what fraction does the mass of an H atom decrease when it makes an n=7 to n=5 transition? How would I go about this question? Thank you.

There's a mass change?

Jodi

I guess so. That's what confuses me about the question. I don't know how to incorporate the mass into it. Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks.

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What's the energy change?

Next, use $E=mc^2$.

Jodi

Ok, so I find the energy change by doing E of upper state - energy of lower state right? So I get (-0.2) - (-0.5) = 0.3 After I find this energy change, how do i find the decrease in mass? If I use E=mc^2, I plug in 0.3 into E and 1.00794 into m? What am I solving for? I'm confused. Thanks for your help.

Dr.Brain
As per $E=mc^2$ , Mass is the condensed form of energy . So whenever energy is released from particle , it is accompanied by a small mass change. So calculate the energy change from one state to another , and then equate the energy change with $mc^2$.

BJ

You're trying to find m. c is the speed of light, which is $3 \times 10^8$ m/s. If you want m in kilograms, you need E in Joules. Your 0.3 is not in Joules, so you'll need to convert it.
If your energies are in eV, the conversion is: $1 eV = 1.6 \times 10^{-19} J$