Quantum Number


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Claire Lo 3C
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Quantum Number

Postby Claire Lo 3C » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:51 pm

If Schrodinger wave equation with 3 quantum numbers can only be used to solve for 1 e- atoms, then can you use 4 quantum numbers to solve for more electrons since the fourth number indicates the spin state?

Kassidy Ford 1I
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Re: Quantum Number

Postby Kassidy Ford 1I » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:14 am

the fourth number represents the spin state of that same electron, so it can't be used to describe other electrons. The fourth number only indicates if the electron is spinning up or down.

Jessica Li 4F
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Re: Quantum Number

Postby Jessica Li 4F » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:31 pm

If an atom has an electron configuration such that some electrons are paired in an orbital, and you are trying to find an electron in a paired orbital, the fourth quantum number would help distinguish between the one with an up spin and the one with a down spin. Therefore, yes, the fourth quantum number is helpful in terms of figuring out electrons for atoms other than hydrogen/many-electron atoms. The other three, however, are arguably more helpful.

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