Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 32 - Think and Explain: 28

Answer

Yes, it would have an effect.

Work Step by Step

If the energy spacing between 1 and 2 were equal to the spacing between 2 and 3, there would be only two unique spectral lines. A transition between the n=3 level and the n=2 level would emit the same-energy photon as a transition between the n=2 level and the n=1 level. The other spectral line would be due to a transition between the n=3 level and the n=1 level.
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