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  1. Mar 12, 2016 #1
    In glass, the elements that make it up, like silicon, and sodium.
    Does the electron eV levels change as these elements become molecules [PLAIN]http://www.chemicalforums.com/Smileys/classic/grin.gif, [Broken] and become solid glass.
    To put it another way, if silicon, sodium, and calcium atoms which have there fixed eV shell levels for electrons.
    If these atoms silicon, sodium, and calcium, and the other elements glass is made from, are put together enough to form a molecule, and then a small peice of solid matter.
    Do the shell electron levels of silicon, sodium, and calcium change to make glass transparent.
    So for example solid silicon, only consisting of pure silicon atoms, when single silicon atoms are put together in a cubic block, is the eV shell level for the electron the same when silicon forms solid matter.
    So is there a change in eV electron levels.
    Because there is not enough energy in glass for light to get absorbed by atoms.
    The light gets transmission through a solid peice of glass, this is why its transparent.
    So do electron eV shell levels, or energy levels change, due to these single atoms becoming together to form molecules, and solid matter.
    Thank you for your answer, anything help even a few words.
     
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  3. Mar 12, 2016 #2

    Drakkith

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    Yes, the electron energy levels are different in a molecule than in a single atom. In a glass, the levels fall in a range that can't be excited by visible light, so the glass doesn't absorb the light and as a result is transparent.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2016 #3
    Dear Drakith,
    Thank you for youe answer, also do you think there are energy levels/shell levels in atoms, in solid carbon, hydrogen, and helium that could have the same energy levels of glass electrons.
    IF you played around with light, wavelengths, and frequency, and using cold temperature to effect electrons.
    Also say you mix any EM wavelength with red light, which has the lowest energy, do you think there could be some transmission of the electron, with the red light.
    So solid carbon could become translucent like some materials like translucent plastic.
    Diamond is transparent which is made from carbon.
    But I am talking about the kind of carbon in the human body.
    Do you think solid carbon, hydrogen, helium, could become translucent by 15%.
    Thank you for your help, anything helps even a few words.
     
  5. Mar 12, 2016 #4

    Drakkith

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    Well, helium doesn't form molecules, so that one's a no. As for hydrogen and carbon bonded together into molecules, I would assume so. As you say, diamonds are mostly pure carbon and are transparent, and both carbon and hydrogen are used in many substances which are transparent, such as plastic bags and other plastic containers (like a soda bottle).

    I don't know what this means.

    I have no idea what you're getting at.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2016 #5

    Drakkith

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