# The total energy of an electron in the first excited state of the hydrogen atom is about −3.4 eV. Which of the answers above would change if the choice of the zero of potential energy is changed? - Physics

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The total energy of an electron in the first excited state of the hydrogen atom is about −3.4 eV.

Which of the answers above would change if the choice of the zero of potential energy is changed?

#### Solution

The potential energy of a system depends on the reference point taken. Here, the potential energy of the reference point is taken as zero. If the reference point is changed, then the value of the potential energy of the system also changes. Since total energy is the sum of kinetic and potential energies, the total energy of the system will also change.

Concept: Energy Levels
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Chapter 12: Atoms - Exercise [Page 437]

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NCERT Physics Class 12
Chapter 12 Atoms
Exercise | Q 12.15 (c) | Page 437
NCERT Physics Class 12
Chapter 12 Atoms
Exercise | Q 15.3 | Page 437

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