In these practice problems, we will go over examples of determining the wavelength, frequency, and energy of light, calculating the number of photons in a laser pulse based on the energy, understanding the correlation between the energy and wavelength and frequency of electromagnetic radiation, examples of calculating the energy of transitions based on the Bohr’s model of the hydrogen atom.
The links to corresponding articles are given herein:
- Atomic Orbitals
- Electron Configurations
- Electron Configurations of Ions
- Orbital Diagrams
- Aufbau’s Principle, Hund’s Rule, and Pauli’s Exclusion Principle
- Hund’s Rule
- Pauli Exclusion Principle
- Quantum Numbers (n, l, ml, ms)
- Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom
- Rydberg Formula
- The Photoelectric Effect
- Calculating The Energy of a Photon
- Ionization Energy
- Electron Affinity
Calculate the frequency of the light with a wavelength of 756 nm.
A photon has a wavelength of 587 nm. Calculate the energy of the photon in joules.
An FM station broadcasts music at a radio wave with a frequency of 115 MHz. Calculate the wavelength of these radio waves.
The blue light used in dental curing has a frequency of about 7.2 x 1014 Hz. What is the wavelength, in nm, associated with this radiation?
Calculate the number of photons in a laser pulse with a wavelength of 624 nm that contains 4.19 mJ of energy.
What is the energy of 1 mol of photons, in kJ, for a 520. nm green light?
The ultraviolet (UV) light is dangerous to human beings. Calculate the energy of a single UV photon and a mole of UV photons with a wavelength of 165 nm.
The UV light associated with sunburn symptoms has an energy of about 400. kJ/mole. Which of the following compounds would be suitable to use in a sunscreen to protect from UV radiation?
A – 450 nm, B – absorbs 560 nm, C – absorbs 300 nm, C – absorbs 120 nm
How many moles of a metal are in a sample that emits light at a wavelength of 345 nm if the total energy is 2.54 x 105 J. Assume that each atom emits one photon.
Certain cancer cells are killed by photodynamic therapy by radiating a light in the range of wavelengths from 650 to 1350 (nm). This is called the biological or therapeutic window. Which of the following lasers could be used for this purpose?
Laser A – emits light of 4.00 x 108 MHz
Laser B – emits light of 5.40 x 108 MHz
Laser C – emits light of 6.62 x 108 MHz
In the coming up semesters you might be taking organic chemistry where infrared (IR) spectroscopy is used to determine the functional groups in the molecule. The principle of IR spectroscopy is that each type of covalent bond absorbs a specific range of radiation in the IR region that matches the vibration of the atoms in the bond. For example, the C-C bond absorbs the light of 3.44 μM. What is the vibrational frequency of the C-C bond in Hz?
Rank the following electromagnetic waves in order of (a) increasing energy; (b) increasing frequency; (c) increasing amplitude.
Answer the questions below for the following representation of an electromagnetic radiation:
a) Calculate the wavelength of each radiation.
b) Which wave has the higher energy?
c) Which wave has the higher frequency?
d) Which wave has the greater velocity?
e) Calculate the energy and frequency of each wave.
The energy required to remove an electron from an aluminum atom is 6.73 x 10-22 kJ. Calculate the maximum wavelength, in nm, of light that can do this.
The energy required to expel an electron from an atom in gas phase is called ionization energy. Would a light beam of 256 nm be enough to ionize a silver atom given that its ionization energy is 731 kJ/mol?
Calculate the velocities of electrons with de Broglie wavelengths of 285 nm.
Calculate the de Broglie wavelength of an electron traveling at 5.47 x 104 m/s.
Hydrogen Atom: The Bohr Model
1Some electron transitions are shown below on a Bohr-model representation of the H atom.
(a) Classify each transition as absorption or emission.
(b) Arrange the absorptions in terms of increasing energy.
(c) Rank the emissions in terms of decreasing wavelength of light.
For each of the following transitions, use the Rydberg equation to calculate the wavelength of light emitted by a hydrogen atom:
a) n = 3 → n = 2
b) n = 4 → n = 1
c) n = 6 → n = 3
What is the maximum wavelength of a photon that can excite the electron from n = 1 to n = 3 level in a hydrogen atom?
What is the energy level that the electron moves when a hydrogen atom at ground state absorbs a photon of wavelength 95 nm?
Would a photon of 115 nm light have sufficient energy to excite an electron in a ground state hydrogen atom to the n = 4 energy state?
What is the wavelength of the photon needed to excite an electron from the E1 to E4 level for a hypothetical atom given the following energy levels: