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In energy terms, ionization of an electron in an atom corresponds to the transition from whatever quantum state the electron is in to an energy of 0 KJ/mole. Calculate the energy in joules needed to remove one electron in the n=1 state from a hydrogen atom.

I know En of 1 = -1312 KJ/mole
so delta En = | 0+1312 |= 1312 KJ/mol

1312 KJ/mol x 1mol/6.022 x 10^23 particles x 1000joules/KJ

is this the correct why to approach this problem? Are my steps correct?

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    Yes but I would have gone about it another way.
    1312000/6.022 x 10^23 = 2.18 x 10^-18 J/atom by your calculations.
    I would use
    delta E = 2.180 x 10^-18 J (1/N1^2 -1/N2^2)
    For N2 = infinity, 1/N^2 is zero and 1/N1^2 = 1; therefore, E = 2.180 x 10^18 joules/atom

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