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But there are limits to Bohr’s theory. It cannot be applied to multielectron atoms, even one as simple as a two-electron helium atom. Bohr’s model is what we call semiclassical . The orbits are quantized (nonclassical) but are assumed to be simple circular paths (classical). As quantum mechanics was developed, it became clear that there are no well-defined orbits; rather, there are clouds of probability. Bohr’s theory also did not explain that some spectral lines are doublets (split into two) when examined closely. We shall examine many of these aspects of quantum mechanics in more detail, but it should be kept in mind that Bohr did not fail. Rather, he made very important steps along the path to greater knowledge and laid the foundation for all of atomic physics that has since evolved.

Phet explorations: models of the hydrogen atom

How did scientists figure out the structure of atoms without looking at them? Try out different models by shooting light at the atom. Check how the prediction of the model matches the experimental results.

Models of the Hydrogen Atom

Section summary

  • The planetary model of the atom pictures electrons orbiting the nucleus in the way that planets orbit the sun. Bohr used the planetary model to develop the first reasonable theory of hydrogen, the simplest atom. Atomic and molecular spectra are quantized, with hydrogen spectrum wavelengths given by the formula
    1 λ = R 1 n f 2 1 n i 2 , size 12{ { {1} over {λ} } =R left ( { {1} over {n rSub { size 8{f} } rSup { size 8{2} } } } - { {1} over {n rSub { size 8{i} } rSup { size 8{2} } } } right )} {}
    where λ size 12{λ} {} is the wavelength of the emitted EM radiation and R size 12{R} {} is the Rydberg constant, which has the value
    R = 1.097 × 10 7 m −1 .
  • The constants n i size 12{n rSub { size 8{i} } } {} and n f size 12{n rSub { size 8{f} } } {} are positive integers, and n i must be greater than n f size 12{n rSub { size 8{f} } } {} .
  • Bohr correctly proposed that the energy and radii of the orbits of electrons in atoms are quantized, with energy for transitions between orbits given by
    Δ E = hf = E i E f , size 12{ΔE= ital "hf"=E rSub { size 8{i} } - E rSub { size 8{f} } } {}
    where Δ E size 12{ΔE} {} is the change in energy between the initial and final orbits and hf size 12{ ital "hf"} {} is the energy of an absorbed or emitted photon. It is useful to plot orbital energies on a vertical graph called an energy-level diagram.
  • Bohr proposed that the allowed orbits are circular and must have quantized orbital angular momentum given by
    L = m e vr n = n h 2 π n = 1, 2, 3 … ,
    where L size 12{L} {} is the angular momentum, r n size 12{r rSub { size 8{n} } } {} is the radius of the n th size 12{n"th"} {} orbit, and h size 12{h} {} is Planck’s constant. For all one-electron (hydrogen-like) atoms, the radius of an orbit is given by
    r n = n 2 Z a B (allowed orbits n = 1, 2, 3, ...),
    Z size 12{Z} {} is the atomic number of an element (the number of electrons is has when neutral) and a B size 12{a rSub { size 8{B} } } {} is defined to be the Bohr radius, which is
    a B = h 2 4 π 2 m e kq e 2 = 0.529 × 10 10 m . size 12{a rSub { size 8{B} } = { {h rSup { size 8{2} } } over {4π rSup { size 8{2} } m rSub { size 8{e} } ital "kq" rSub { size 8{e} } rSup { size 8{2} } } } =0 "." "529" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - "10"} } " m" "." } {}
  • Furthermore, the energies of hydrogen-like atoms are given by
    E n = Z 2 n 2 E 0 n = 1, 2, 3 ... , size 12{ left (n=1, 2, 3 "." "." "." right )} {}
    where E 0 size 12{E rSub { size 8{0} } } {} is the ground-state energy and is given by
    E 0 = 2 q e 4 m e k 2 h 2 = 13.6 eV. size 12{E rSub { size 8{0} } = { {2π rSup { size 8{2} } q rSub { size 8{e} } rSup { size 8{4} } m rSub { size 8{e} } k rSup { size 8{2} } } over {h rSup { size 8{2} } } } ="13" "." 6" eV"} {}
    Thus, for hydrogen,
    E n = 13.6 eV n 2 size 12{E rSub { size 8{n} } = - { {"13" "." 6" eV"} over {n rSup { size 8{2} } } } } {} n = 1, 2, 3 ... . size 12{ left (n=1, 2, 3 "." "." "." right ) "." } {}
  • The Bohr Theory gives accurate values for the energy levels in hydrogen-like atoms, but it has been improved upon in several respects.

Conceptual questions

How do the allowed orbits for electrons in atoms differ from the allowed orbits for planets around the sun? Explain how the correspondence principle applies here.

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What are quarks?
Breanna Reply
6 type of quarks
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Candela is the unit for the measurement of light intensity.
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Neyaz
Impulse and momentum
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Oscillatory motion under a regarding force proportional to the amount of displacement from an equilibrium position
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examples of work done by load of gravity
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What is ehrenfest theorem?
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What is law of mass action?
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rate of chemical reactions is proportional to concentration of reactants ...
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lenses are two types
Fauzia
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speed of light in space
Vikash Reply
in vacuum speed of light is 3×10^8 m/s
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2.99×10^8m/s
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2.8820^8m/s
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3×10^8m/s
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299792458 meter per second
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3*10^8m/s
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What is second law of thermodynamics?
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