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Feb 23, 2014

There are an infinite number of excited states.

The Bohr Theory assigns quantum numbers (n = 1, 2, 3 … ∞) to each energy level. n = 1 is the lowest level (the ground state).

An electron is in an excited state whenever it is at a higher level than the lowest level possible.

The energy difference between adjacent energy levels gets smaller as n increases. For example, the difference in energy between n = 6 and n = ∞ is small.

There is also a largest energy that each electron can have and still be part of its atom. Beyond that energy, the electron is no longer bound to the atom — the atom ionizes.