Chemistry Practice Problems Bohr and Balmer Equations Practice Problems Solution: As the energy level of an orbit becomes more negat...

Solution: As the energy level of an orbit becomes more negative, does the electron experience a stronger or weaker attraction to the nucleus?

Problem

As the energy level of an orbit becomes more negative, does the electron experience a stronger or weaker attraction to the nucleus?

Solution

We have to explain what would happen to the attraction between the nucleus and the electrons when the orbit energy becomes negative.


We will start with the fact that a more negative orbit energy means that the energy of an orbit (or shell or energy level) is decreasing.


Recall that the energy of an orbit (or shell) increases with its distance from the nucleus.

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