Problem: What is the wavelength (in nm) of light emitted from a hydrogen atom when an electron falls from the n = 5 to n = 2 energy level?a. 780b. 656c. 486d. 434e. 308

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We’re being asked to calculate for the wavelength of light emitted by an electron to transition from n=5 to n = 2.


We’re going to use the Balmer Equation which relates wavelengths to a photon’s electronic transitions.

1λ=RZ21n2final-1n2initial

λ = wavelength, m
R = Rydberg constant = 1.097x107 m-1 
Z = atomic number of the element
ninitial = initial energy level
nfinal = final energy level


Calculate the wavelength of light emitted (λ):


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What is the wavelength (in nm) of light emitted from a hydrogen atom when an electron falls from the n = 5 to n = 2 energy level?

a. 780
b. 656
c. 486
d. 434
e. 308