CBSE NOTES CLASS 12 PHYSICS

CHAPTER 12 ATOMS

Dalton’s atomic theory

Thomson’s atomic model

Limitations of Thomson’s atomic model

Rutherford’s atomic model

Scattering of alpha particles

Electrostatic force between the nucleus and α–particle

Distance of closest approach

Impact parameter

Rutherford’s scattering formula

Limitations of Rutherford atomic model

Bohr’s atomic model

Radius of orbit of electron

Velocity of electron in an orbit

Frequency of electron

Time period of revolution of an electron

Kinetic energy of an electron in an orbit

Potential energy of an electron in an orbit

Total energy of an electron in an orbit

Wave number of an electron in an orbit

Quantum numbers

Hydrogen spectrum series

Lyman series

Balmer series

Paschen series

Brackett series

Pfund series

Line spectra and electron transitions between energy levels

de Broglie’s explanation of Bohr’s second postulate of quantisation

Limitations of Bohr’s atomic model

CBSE NOTES CLASS 12 PHYSICS

CHAPTER 12 ATOMS

Dalton’s atomic theory

All elements are consists of very small invisible particles, called atoms. Atoms of same element are exactly same and atoms of different element are different.

Thomson’s atomic model

Every atom is uniformly positive charged sphere of radius of the order of 10-10 m, in which entire mass is uniformly distributed and negative charged electrons are embedded randomly.

The atom as a whole is neutral.

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Limitations of Thomson’s atomic model

1. It could not explain the origin of spectral series of hydrogen and other atoms.

2. It could not explain scattering of α–particles in the Rutherford’s experiment.

Rutherford’s atomic model

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Scattering of alpha particles

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Graph of scattering angle and number of partcles

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On the basis of α–particle scattering experiment, Rutherford made following observations.

The entire positive charge and almost entire mass of the atom is concentrated at its centre in a very tiny region of the order of 10-15 m, called nucleus.

He proposed the following model for the structure of atom.

  1. The negatively charged electrons revolve around the nucleus in different orbits.

  2. The total positive charge on the nucleus is equal to the total negative charge on electron. Therefore atom as a whole is neutral.

  3. The electrons revolve around the nucleus. The centripetal force required by electron for revolution is provided by the electrostatic force of attraction between the electrons and the nucleus.

Electrostatic force between the nucleus and α–particle

When the α–particle approaches a nucleus with atomic number Z (+ve charge Ze) the magicnitude of this electrostatic force

F=14πɛo2eZer2

Distance of closest approach

ro  = 14πεo 2Ze2EK

where, EK = kinetic energy of the α-particle.

Impact parameter

The impact parameter is the perpendicular distance of the initial velocity vector of the α-particle from the centre of the nucleus.

b=14πεo Ze2cot 2EK 

Rutherford’s scattering formula

N= Nint Z2e48πεo2 r2E2 sin42

where,

N(θ) = number of α–particles with scattering angle θ,

Ni = total number of α-particles reaching the screen,

n = number of atoms per unit volume in the foil,

Z = atomic number of the foil,

E = kinetic energy of the alpha particles and

t = foil thickness

Limitations of Rutherford’s atomic model

  1. About the stability of atom - According to Maxwell’s electromagnetic wave theory electron should emit energy in the form of electromagnetic wave during its orbital motion. Therefore radius of orbit of electron will decrease gradually and ultimately it will fall in the nucleus.

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  1. About the line spectrum - Rutherford atomic model cannot explain atomic line spectrum.

Bohr’s atomic model

  1. An electron in an atom could revolve in certain stable orbits without the emission of radiant energy.

  2. The angular momentum of electron is an integer multiple of (h/2π)

    mvr =nh2π

    where n = 1, 2. 3,… called principle quantum number or orbit number.


  3. The radiation of energy occurs only when any electron jumps from one permitted orbit to another permitted orbit. Energy of emitted photon

    ΔE=hν=E2  E1

    =-RH1n22-1n12

    where E1 and E2 are energies of electron in orbits.

    RH = R×hc

    R = Rydbergs constant = 1.09678 × 107 m-1

    h=Planck'sconstant= 6.63 × 10-34 m2 kg  s-1

Radius of orbit of electron is given by

r=4πε0n2h24π2mZe2=ε0n2h2πmZe2

where,

n = principle quantum number,

h = Planck’s constant,

m = mass of an electron,

Z = atomic number and

e = electronic charge.

Substitution of values of h, m, εo and e gives r1 = 5.29 × 10–11 m. This is called the Bohr radius, represented by the symbol ao.

Velocity of electron in any orbit is given by

v=e2Z2ε0nh=c137.Zn

 v  Zn

Frequency of electron in any orbit is given by

f=v2πr=me4Z24ε02n3h3

Time period of an electron

T=1f=4ε02n3h3me4Z2= (4πε0)2n3h34π2me4Z2

Kinetic energy of an electron

K =12mv2=me4Z28ε02n2h2

Potential energy of an electron

U =-me4Z24ε02n2h2

Total energy of an electron

En=K+U =-me4Z28ε02n2h2

En=-13.6Z2n2 eV

Where, 1 eV = 1.6 × 10–19 J,

We can calculate,

E1 = -13.6 eV,

E2 = -3.4 eV,

E3 = -1.5 eV,

E = 0

Wave number of a radiation

1λ=RZ21n22-1n12

Where Rydberg’s constant,

R=me48ε02h3c=1.09678 × 107 m-1   

Quantum numbers

Quantum numbers are the numbers required to completely specify the state of the electrons.

There are four quantum number associated with each electron,

Hydrogen spectrum series

Each element emits a spectrum of radiation, which is characteristic of the element itself. The spectrum consists of a set of isolated parallel lines and is called the line spectrum.

Hydrogen spectrum contains five series

Lyman Series - When electron jumps from n = 2, 3, 4, … to n = 1 orbit, a line of Lyman series is obtained. This series lies in ultra violet region.

Balmer Series - When electron jumps from n = 3, 4, 5,… to n = 2 orbit, a line of Balmer series is obtained. This series lies in visual region.

Paschen Series -When electron jumps from n = 4, 5, 6,… to n = 3 orbit, a line of Paschen series is obtained. This series lies in infrared region.

Brackett Series -When electron jumps from n = 5,6, 7…. to n = 4 orbit, a line of Brackett series is obtained. This series lies in infrared region.

Pfund Series -When electron jumps from n = 6,7,8, … to n = 5 orbit, a line of Pfund series is obtained. This series lies in infrared region.

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Emission lines in the spectrum of hydrogen

Line spectra and electron transitions between energy levels

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Line spectra and electron transitions between energy levels

de Broglie’s explanation of Bohr’s second postulate of quantisation

The second postulate in the Bohr’s atomic model states that the angular momentum of the electron orbiting around the nucleus is quantised (that is, L= nh/2π; n = 1, 2, 3 …). Why should the angular momentum have only those values that are integral multiples of h/2π?

This can be explained using de Broglie’s hypothesis. According to his hypothesis, material particles, such as electrons, also have a wave nature. He argued that the electron in its circular orbit, as proposed by Bohr, must be seen as a particle wave. Just like the waves travelling on a string, particle waves too can lead to standing waves under resonant conditions. When a string is plucked, a vast number of wavelengths are excited. However only those wavelengths survive which have nodes at the ends and form the standing wave in the string. For an electron moving in nth circular orbit of radius rn, the total distance is the circumference of the orbit, 2πrn.

Standing waves are formed when the total distance travelled by a wave is one wavelength, two wavelengths, or any integral number of wavelengths. Waves with other wavelengths interfere with themselves upon reflection and their amplitudes quickly drop to zero. Thus,

2π rn = nλ, n = 1, 2, 3... 

Now λ = h/p, where p is the magnitude of the electron’s momentum. If the speed of the electron is much less than the speed of light, the momentum is mvn. Thus,

 λ =hmvn

Combining these equations, we have,

2λ rn =nhmvn 

 m vn rn =nh2π

This is the quantum condition proposed by Bohr for the angular momentum of the electron.

This equation is the basis of explaining the discrete orbits and energy levels in hydrogen atom. Thus de Broglie hypothesis provided an explanation for Bohr’s second postulate for the quantisation of angular momentum of the orbiting electron.

Limitations of Bohr’s atomic model

  1. The Bohr model is applicable to hydrogenic atoms. It cannot be extended atoms with more than one electron.

  2. While the Bohr’s model correctly predicts the frequencies of the light emitted by hydrogenic atoms, the model is unable to explain the relative intensities of the frequencies in the spectrum.

  3. Bohr’s model is also unable to explain splitting of spectral lines.