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Jim Holler
Department of Chemistry
University of Kentucky

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Hydrogen Spectrum

The explanation of the hydrogen spectrum is perhaps the most important test that any theory of electronic structure must pass. The wavelengths of the lines of the Balmer series (shown above) as well as other series in the spectrum of hydrogen are very well known indeed.

An interesting way to analyze the data from the hydrogen spectrum is to plot the data using the Rydberg equation.

Data may be taken from tables like the one shown below and analyzed using Excel as shown here.

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