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What is Neils Bohr Atomic Model?

Bohr’s Model of an Atom is a framework comprising a little, thick core encompassed by circling electrons—like the structure of the Solar System, yet with fascination given by electrostatic powers instead of gravity. This was an improvement to the Rutherford model and can be considered as a quantum physical explanation for it. The Bohr model's key achievement lay in clarifying the Rydberg equation for the discharge lines of nuclear hydrogen. While the Rydberg equation had been known tentatively, it didn't increase hypothetical support until the Bohr model was presented. 

The Bohr model clarified the purpose of the Rydberg equation and justified the basic physical constants of the equation.

The Neil Bohr atomic model and the entirety of its replacements portray the properties of electrons with respect to a bunch of potential values. Atoms gain or discharge energy when the electrons jump between the energy levels or shells.

Postulates of Bohr Atomic Model

The following are the chief postulates explained by the Neils Bohr atomic theory.

  • The model shows that the electrons in atoms are in orbits of different energy levels around the core (like the planets circling the sun).

  • Neils used the term energy levels (or shells) to portray these orbits of varying energy. He said that the energy of an electron is quantized, which means electrons can have fixed energy levels, but, nothing in the middle.

  • An electron typically involves an energy level which is called its ground state. Yet, it can move to a higher-energy, less-stable level, or shell, by gaining energy. This higher-energy, the less-stable state, is known as the electron's energized state. 

  • After the excitement phase is over, the electron can regain its ground state by releasing the energy it gained.

  • The energy released by electrons has the segment of the electromagnetic range (the scope of frequencies of energy) that people recognize as light. Slight changes in the measure of the energy are viewed as the light of various wavelengths.

Energy Levels

The Bohr atomic theory gives practically accurate outcomes just for a framework where two charged points circle each other at speeds significantly less than that of light. This not just includes a one-electron framework, for example, the hydrogen atom, separately ionized helium, and doubly ionized lithium. However, it incorporates positronium and Rydberg conditions of any molecule where one electron is far away from everything else.

The energy levels of electrons at different orbits are represented by n= 1, 2, 3…. ( integers) and are known as quantum numbers. These numbers are assigned to the sequential shells such as K, L, M, N for 1, 2, 3, 4, respectively. The lowest energy level of an electron is n=1 which is closest to the nucleus and is generally said to be its ground state. 

The Rydberg Formula

The Rydberg equation, which was known exactly before Bohr's formula, is found in Bohr's hypothesis as depicting the energies of changes or quantum bounces between orbital energy levels. Bohr's equation gives the mathematical estimation of the known and estimated Rydberg constant, but regarding more central constants of nature, including the electron's charge and the Planck constant.

At the point when the electron gets moved from its ground energy level to a higher one, it starts jumping back each level until it goes to the first position, which leads to the release of energy. Utilizing the inferred equation for the distinctive energy levels of a hydrogen atom, one may decide the frequencies of light that a hydrogen atom can transmit.

The energy transmitted by an atom of hydrogen is given by the difference of two hydrogen energy levels:

Ephoton = E0(1/nh2 − 1/nj2)


nh is the last energy level, and nj is the underlying energy level.

The following formula gives the wavelength of a photon. 

\[\overline{v}\] = \[\frac{1}{λ}\] = \[R(\frac{1}{n_1^2} - \frac{1}{n_2^2})\]

Limitations of Bohr's Model of an Atom

The following are the main limitations of the Bohr model.

  • It couldn't clarify the spectra acquired from bigger atoms.

  • It does not comply with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

  • It likewise fails to clarify the Stark impact of the electric field on the spectra of atoms. 

  • Niels Bohr model of an atom fails to clarify the Zeeman Effect on the spectra of atoms.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. State how the Bohr Model can explain the Movement of Electrons.

Answer: The hypothesis takes note of the electrons in the atoms to travel around a focal core in roundabout circles and can just revolve steadily at a particular distance from the core in certain fixed circles. Such circles are identified with specific energies and are likewise referred to as energy shells or energy levels. As a rule, electrons fill the lower-energy orbitals before filling the immediate next higher energy orbital until the lower-energy orbital is full.

2. Give the origin of the Bohr Atomic Model.

Answer: Due to the reason that the electrons spiral inwards, the atom may collapse as all electrons will be attracted to the core and release energy. There would be a ceaseless smear, in recurrence, of electromagnetic radiation. In any case, late-nineteenth-century scientists indicated that atoms just discharge light (that is, electromagnetic radiation) at certain discrete frequencies. To explain this concept, Niels Bohr proposed, in 1913, the Bohr model of an atom.