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Number of energy levels

  1. Feb 9, 2005 #1
    Number of energy levels....

    I have been told that as were go further away from the nucleus, the energy levels get closer and closer together - do we get to a stage where we get no more? I assume we must because any energy above this causes the substance to ionise (ie the ionisation energy); but are there an infinate number of energy levels before this or some discrete number of them?

    I have been told that the way that the levels get closer and closer together is governed by some equation - what I guess I'm asking boils down to is is this an infinate geometric progression with the levels getting closer and closer for infinity (ie - an infinate number of levels), or do we get to a point where an equation would just give the same answer - there are no more levels which exist?

    Thanks in advance. :smile:
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2005 #2

    dextercioby

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    Yes,that's a physical consequence of Bohr's model/postulates.

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    As soon as u go past zero,yes,the electron is free,adieu to quantization.



    Sure,the discrete spectrum contains an infinite # of energy levels.

    Yes.This equation
    [tex] E_{n}=\frac{E_{1}}{n^{2}} [/tex]

    I've given u the equation,see what it boils down to... :wink:

    Daniel.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2005 #3
    Thanks. Please could someone elaborate further? :smile:
     
  5. Feb 17, 2005 #4

    dextercioby

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    In what domain?What do you think it has been answererd too briefly...?

    Daniel.
     
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