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Why is the ground state energy not zero?

A simple answer would be greatly appreciated

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Why is the ground state energy not zero?

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Why is the ground state energy not zero?

A simple answer would be greatly appreciated

Energy states are defined with priciple quantum number (n). n= 1,2,3....

[tex]E_{n}= \frac{-me^{4}}{2h^{2}n^{2}}[/tex]

"Ground state" means 1st term in serie of "n" and it's 1.

You may ask, why doesn't "n" start from zero? When you put 0 for n, energy goes to infinite and that mean electron separated from atom. That's why n doesn't start from zero.

And finally your question, there is allways a energy in an atom because of the Coloumb potential. The energy never been zero.

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Thank you very much for your help torehan!

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