Explain the relationship between the emission line in an atomic spectrum and the energy levels in an atom.?
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The lines on the atomic spectrum relate to electron transitions between energy levels, if the electron drops an energy level a photon is released resulting in an emission line
Emission spectra are produced by thin gases in which the atoms do not experience many collisions (because of the low density). The emission lines correspond to photons of discrete energies that are emitted when excited atomic states in the gas make transitions back to lower-lying levels.
For example, hydrogen has one electron, but its emission spectrum shows many lines. Each emission line represents a different jump in energy that an electron of an atom could make