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Ok, for this one problem, I'm supposed to figure out the difference in wavelength between the first line of the Balmer series in ordinary hydrogen (M= 1.01 u) and in "heavy" hydrogen (M = 2.01 u). The balmer series is when the lowest n is 2, by the way. I already know that the wavelength for the first line of the series in ordinary hydrogen is 656.1 nm, but the answer to this question is supposed to be 0.178 nm, and I can't figure out any way to calculate a wavelength for heavy hydrogen that would give a difference that small. It seems like, no matter what I do, I keep getting half the wavelength of regular hydrogen. Anyone know what to do on this one?