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Spectral lines of hydrogen

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by time md, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. time md

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    How does the Bohr theory account for the multiple lines in hydrogen's emission spectra, when hydrogen has only one e-?

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    Hydrogen has only one e- but that e- can shift back and forth between different energy levels. The transition of higher to lower energy levels is what causes a spectral line.
     
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