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Energy Level Diagram HTML5


Each atom is characterized by its electron configuration. Quantum theory, developed by Planck and Bohr in the early twentieth century, states that the energy of an atom can only have certain specific values. The energy of an atom can not vary continuously. It is quantified.

The energy level diagram is used to represent the energy states available in each atom.

When an electron is in an energy state, it emits nor absorbs radiation. A photon is emitted or absorbed when an electron transitions from one energy state to another.

Click and drag the slider to set the energy of the photon to be fired.  

Click on 'excite' to send a photon with that energy.

Drag the electron to change its energy level.

Learning goals

  • To understand the quantification of atomic energy levels.
  • To define the light or emission spectrum of the hydrogen atom.
  • To understand how an electron liberates excess energy by emitting a photon.

Learn more

The ground state corresponds to the lowest energy level (n = 1). This is the most stable energy level. For the hydrogen atom (1 proton, 1 electron), its value is -13.6eV (electron volts).


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