I am a highschool student and I am really confused about the following: We studied that electrons cannot be between main energy levels therefore in an emission spectrum of an element lets say hydrogen we see single lines which totally makes sense. But then we took sublevels and orbitals, taking the second main level for example which consists of the (s,p sublevels) we find that their orbitals cover a large space in the atom and the elctron can exist anywhere in that space which theoretically means that if we find its emission spectrum it will be continous and we wouldnt be able to differ between different elements.. Please correct my misunderstanding. Thank you.
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In the Bohr theory of the atom, electrons travel in fixed orbits, and do not exist between these orbits.
However, the Bohr theory was disproved, and instead it is known that for each orbital, the electrons may be anywhere in space, except at nodes.
Nonetheless, though the electrons may be essentially anywhere in space, the energy of an electron in a particular orbital is a specific energy.