Quantum Number (ml)

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Matthew Choi 2H
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Quantum Number (ml)

Postby Matthew Choi 2H » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:40 am

I know that the ml quantum number is the magnetic quantum number, and that it can be px, py, or pz, and it represents the orientations of different orbitals of a subshell. But what do those things mean? Thanks in advance.

Madeline Motamedi 4I
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Re: Quantum Number (ml)

Postby Madeline Motamedi 4I » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:31 pm

So we know that a p orbital looks like an infinity sign (although, keep in mind that it isn't 2d, its 3d.) These two lobes, can be oriented in three different ways. They can be oriented along the x axis, y axis and z axis. Versus for an s orbital, which is shaped like a sphere, you only have one orientation for it, with the nucleus placed at (0,0,0).

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