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3.0: The Quantum World

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    By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

    • Explain the basic behavior of waves, including travelling waves and standing waves
    • Describe the wave nature of light
    • Use appropriate equations to calculate related light-wave properties such as period, frequency, wavelength, and energy
    • Distinguish between line and continuous emission spectra
    • Describe the particle nature of light
    • Describe the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom
    • Use the Rydberg equation to calculate energies of light emitted or absorbed by hydrogen atoms

    Thumbnail: 3D views of some the 2s atomic orbitals showing probability density and phase. (CC BY-AS 4.0; Geek3).