Name: hayden atwood
Is the movement of electrons from one energy level to another predictable in
terms of how they move and in what direction and how much radiation is produced?
Short answer; the motion is completely deterministic, but not predictable
in the everyday, macroscopic sense. The more accurately you try to measure
momentum of the electron in transit, the less you will know about its position.
In terms of how much radiation is produced, this can be calculated and predicted
with pretty high accuracy...one must first know (a) how many atoms you have,
(b) how many photons are available to stimulate absorption, and (c) what the
energy of the photons is. Generally, an atom can only absorb radiation with
frequencies which correspond to the difference in energies of the initial
and final quantum states, but if a photon with the right energy (or frequency
or wavelength if you prefer) interacts with the atom, it will absorb it.
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