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Electrons in excited states

  1. Apr 25, 2015 #1
    if in a hydrogen atom the electron is in a excited state, is the net charge the same vs ground state? what is the difference between charge and energy here?
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  3. Apr 25, 2015 #2


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    The total charge of a hydrogen atom with one electron is zero: plus one from the nucleus, minus one from the electron. The state of the electron does not matter. To change the charge, you have to ionize the atom.

    Charge and energy have nothing more in common than "those are two physical concepts".
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