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The quantum number m can be seen as in 3 axes, x, y and z. These axes correspond to the m numbers of -1, 0 ,1 used in the example. However, because the order can be flipped as 1,0,-1, professor Lavelle stated that the answer could be x or z.
The quantum number m refers to the can take values from l to -l, thus when m=-1 where l is equal to one, the electron is contained in the first subshell. Thus, it would be in the 2px subshell.
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