2.1 6th Edition

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Claudia Luong 4K
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2.1 6th Edition

Postby Claudia Luong 4K » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:34 pm

Hello! I know this is literally the first question for Chapter 2, but I'm having trouble understanding this concept. The solutions manual says that the radius of the atom will increase when the electron in a hydrogen atom undergoes a transition from the 1s-orbital to a 2p-orbital, and I was wondering how you can tell if the radius will increase.

Atul Saha 3D
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Re: 2.1 6th Edition

Postby Atul Saha 3D » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:50 pm

Hey Claudia,

Lower energy levels (ie 1 as compared to 2) translate to a smaller radius. Higher energy levels have electron probability fields that are further from the nucleus.

Much Joy,
Atul


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