Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 30 - Think and Explain: 48

Answer

The single electron in hydrogen can occupy many energy states when it is excited. Each distinct transition between two of these energy states results in an emitted photon of a unique frequency, and there are many such possibilities.

Work Step by Step

Emission spectra are discussed on pages 566-567.
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