Calculate the Energy! Student Worksheet
Neils Bohr numbered the energy levels (n) of hydrogen, with level 1
(n=1) being the ground state, level 2 being the first excited state,
and so on. Remember that there is a maximum energy that each electron
can have and still be part of its atom. Beyond that energy, the electron
is no longer bound to the nucleus of the atom and it is considered to be
ionized. In that case n approaches infinity.
The equation for determining the energy of any state (the
is as follows:
Because the energy is so small, the energy is measured in
electron-volts, designated as "eV". 1 eV = 1.6 x 10-19 J.
Answer the following questions:
1. Using the above expression, calculate the energy of the first excited
Your answer will be negative. This signifies that the electron is bound to the
atom (as opposed to being a free electron).
2 . Use the above expression to find the energy of the photon released when an
electron around a hydrogen atom moves from the 4th to the 2nd level.
3. Now use the above expression to find the energy of the photon
released when a free electron is captured to the 2nd level.
4. Use the relationship between a photon's energy and its wavelength to
calculate the wavelength of the photon emitted in question 2.
5. Compare the wavelength for this transition with the lab spectrum of