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Supppose an atom has four distinct energy states. Assuming all transitions are possible, how many spectral lines can this atom produce? Answer with a number only....

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  1. Each of the four states can connect to three different other states. That makes 12 transitions, but you have to divide that by two to avoid double-counting. The answer is six lines.

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