Possible Quantum numbers given n=6

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Beza Ayalew 1I
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Possible Quantum numbers given n=6

Postby Beza Ayalew 1I » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:02 pm

So say you have a problem asking for all of the possible quantum numbers given n=6. We know the limits of l are from 0 to n-1, but realistically, we only know that l=0 corresponds with the s orbital, l=1 with p orbital ect, so would it still be technically correct to put l=5 even though we don't know a real orbital that corresponds with an angular momentum number at l=5?

EveEmm3D
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Re: Possible Quantum numbers given n=6

Postby EveEmm3D » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:14 pm

All values of l up to l=5 are possible and I think should be listed. Although there are no known elements that have their 6f, 6g or 6h orbitals occupied when they are in their ground state, these orbitals could be occupied if the electrons are given enough energy -- the atom would then be in an excited state.

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Re: Possible Quantum numbers given n=6

Postby Varsha Sivaganesh 1A » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:28 pm

Unless they tell you whether it is an s, p, d, or f orbital, you would just say that there are 5 possible l values and l could be 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. But unless they give you the letter I don't think there is any way of knowing what l's value is.

Meredith Steinberg 2E
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Re: Possible Quantum numbers given n=6

Postby Meredith Steinberg 2E » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:36 pm

If given n=6 on our test the correct answer for the possible l values are 0 to n-1. Even though we don't go beyond the f-orbital, there are levels of angular momentum beyond l=3.


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