Discrete Spectrum

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*For a mathematically rigorous point of view of "discrete spectrum", see decomposition of spectrum .*

In physics, an elementary (and accurate) explanation of a

Conceivably, our body-weights can be represented by any number, 50.00000 kilograms, 59.99999 kg, 39.999591 kg, the number of decimals determined by our equipment, not by any fundamental restriction on the value of a weight. By contrast, when we throw dice, the throw of a single six-sided die can yield only 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, and nothing in between; there is a fundamental restriction on the numbers we can get throwing a single die; we cannot get a 3.2, 4.5, or 1.7; we can only get whole numbers between 1 and 6 inclusive. The set of all possible weights is continuous; the set of all possible single-die tosses is discrete.

One segment of the emission spectrum of atomic hydrogen is shown below....

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