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Hydrogen Atoms and Spectral Lines

  1. Mar 30, 2013 #1
    We know that hydrogen atom has got one electron.But If we look a hydrogen spectrum there are lots of spectral line.
    How can that be possible? Because in Bohr's atomic model the spectral lınes mean, electrons energy levels.It shows there is possible energy levels which electrons can go there. But electron can exist one energy level so how can it be possible.This time can I say electron is exist all energy levels and this spectral lines shows it.

    (Exp: Light goes object later its reflect and it comes our eyes but in hydrogen there is one electron and light goes one electron and the end we must be see one spectral line isn't it)
     
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  3. Mar 30, 2013 #2
    We know that hydrogen atom has got one electron.But If we look a hydrogen spectrum there are lots of spectral line.
    How can that be possible? Because in Bohr's atomic model the spectral lınes mean, electrons energy levels.It shows there is possible energy levels which electrons can go there. But electron can exist one energy level so how can it be possible.This time can I say electron is exist all energy levels and this spectral lines shows it.

    (Exp: If we want to see something than light must be come our eyes so there must be reflection. Light goes object later its reflect and it comes our eyes but in hydrogen there is one electron and light goes one electron and the end we must be see one spectral line isn't it)
     
  4. Mar 30, 2013 #3

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    The hydrogen spectral lines are made by MANY hydrogen atoms that are excited to various energy levels. You don't just get ONE hydrogen gas in a discharge tube.

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  5. Mar 30, 2013 #4

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    In a (hot*) hydrogen gas, you have many atoms, and all atoms have their own electron. Those electrons can be in different energy levels.

    *if the hydrogen is cold, it will form molecules, but the concept is the same there.


    Edit: Oh, threads got merged.
     
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  6. Mar 30, 2013 #5
    thank you
     
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