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Potential Difference of Electrons and Balmer Series

  1. Oct 20, 2004 #1
    A beam of electrons bombards a sample of hydrogen. Through what potential difference must the electrons have been accelerated if the first line of the Balmer series is to be emitted? How does this even begin?
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2004 #2

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    The electron collides with the hydrogen atom and kicks one electron out to a higher level, supposed it has enough kinetic energy, equal to or higher than the difference of energy between those electron levels.

    The electron gains kinetic energy equal to eU by flying through a potential difference U.

    The spectrum lines of Balmer series correspond to transition onto the second level (n=2) The first of them is from n=3 to n=2.

    Find the formula for the energy levels of hydrogen atom. Combine these all together and you get the answer. :smile:

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  4. Oct 21, 2004 #3
    Please explain more.
     
  5. Oct 22, 2004 #4

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    I would but I can not write a book here. What is what you know? You certainly have a textbook. What does it write about the energy levels of Hydrogen atom, about spectrum lines and about the Balmer series in the emission spectrum of Hydrogen?

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