The Development of a New Atomic Model Power point

J. J. Thomson’s “plum pudding” model,
in which electrons are surrounded by a
soup of positive charge to balance the
electron’s negative charge, like
negatively-charged “plums”
surrounded by positively charged
The Rutherford model of the
atom was an improvement
over previous models, but it
was incomplete.
It did not explain how the atom’s negatively
charged electrons are distributed in the space
surrounding its positively charged nucleus.
In the early twentieth century, a
new atomic model evolved as
a result of investigations into
the absorption and emission of
light by matter.
The studies revealed a relationship between light
and an atom’s electrons.
Before 1900, scientists thought light behaved
solely as a wave. This belief changed when it
was later discovered that light also has particlelike characteristics.
A quick review of these wavelike properties
Properties of Light
•Visible light is a kind of electromagnetic radiation
(form of energy that exhibits wavelike behavior as
it travels through space). Other examples include
X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared light, microwaves,
and radio waves.
•The electromagnetic spectrum consists of all
types of electromagnetic radiation.
Electromagnetic Spectrum
•All forms of electromagnetic radiation move at a
speed of 3.0 x 108 m/s through air.
•Wavelength – λ (m, cm, or nm) and frequency – ν
(wave/second) are measureable properties of
wave motion. One wave/second is called a hertz
•The relationship between wavelength (λ) and
frequency (ν) is c = λν where c = speed of light.
Wavelength and Frequency
In the early 1900s, scientists conducted two
experiments involving interactions of light and
matter that could not be explained by the wave
theory of light.
One experiment involved a phenomenon
known as the photoelectric effect.
Photoelectric Effect
•The photoelectric effect refers to the emission of
electrons from a metal when light shines on the
Light may cause electrons to be emitted from
an electrode in a photocell. Long wavelength
light does not have enough energy to cause
the electron to escape, regardless of its
intensity. When light of a shorter wavelength
(higher energy) light strikes the electrode,
electrons are released. The amount of current
produced depends on the intensity of the light
and the energy of the escaping electrons
depends on the wavelength of the light.
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The wave theory of light predicted that light of
any frequency could supply enough energy to
eject an electron.
Scientists couldn’t explain why the light had to be
of a certain frequency in order for the
photoelectric effect to occur.
The German physicist Max Planck proposed
an explanation for the photoelectric effect.
He proposed that a hot object does not emit
electromagnetic radiation continuously, as
would be expected if the energy emitted were
in the form of waves.
•Max Planck proposed that objects
emit energy in small, specific
amounts called quanta (1900).
•Quantum is the minimum quantity
of energy that can be lost or gained
by an atom.
•The relationship between a quantum of energy and
the frequency of radiation is illustrated by the
following equation:
E = hν
•E is the energy, in joules, of a quantum of radiation, ν is the frequency
in s-1 of the radiation emitted, and h is a physical constant now known
as Planck’s constant.
•Einstein proposed that
electromagnetic radiation has dual
wave-particle nature (1905).
These particles are called photons.
•A photon is a particle of electromagnetic radiation
having zero mass and carrying a quantum of energy.
•In order for an electron to be ejected from a metal
surface, the electron must be struck by a single
photon possessing the minimum energy and
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•The energy of a particular photon depends on the frequency of
the radiation.
Ephoton = hν
Hydrogen Atom Line-Emission
•The ground state is the lowest energy level of an
atom. When it has higher potential energy an atom
is in its excited state.
•When an excited atom returns to its ground state it
gives off energy in the form of colored light.
(Example: Neon lights.)
•When doing experiments with hydrogen gas, it was
found that hydrogen atoms emit only specific
frequencies of light.
•The fact that hydrogen atoms emit only specific
frequencies of light indicated that the energy
differences between the atom’s energy states were
•This suggested that the electron of a hydrogen
atom exists only in very specific energy states (led to
quantum theory).
Hydrogen’s Line Emission Spectrum
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Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom
•Niels Bohr proposed a model of the
hydrogen atom that showed that the
electron can circle the nucleus only
in allowed paths (orbits) (1913).

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