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Principle Quantum Number

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:06 pm
by William Lan 2l
What exactly is the principle quantum number? I'm not fully understanding the concept.

Re: Principle Quantum Number  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:32 pm
by Lena Nguyen 2H
The principle quantum number is the energy level of the electron, denoted by n (which is the same n as in the Rydberg Equation). If the energy level goes up, n also goes up.

Re: Principle Quantum Number

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:17 pm
by Nhan Nguyen 2F
Hi,
The principle quantum number (n) is what determines the size of an orbital. Based on my understanding, more energy is needed to be absorbed to excite an electron from the orbital that is closer to the nucleus (n=1) to a farther orbital (n=2). Thus, orbitals for which n=2 is larger than n=1 because it's in a higher energy level.

Re: Principle Quantum Number

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:29 pm
by Ashin_Jose_1H
Hey,

The principal quantum number is one of the four quantum number often denoted as n. The principal quantum number is used to describe the energy and size (shell).