Allowed Values of Quantum Numbers

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Maggie Eberhardt - 2H
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Allowed Values of Quantum Numbers

Postby Maggie Eberhardt - 2H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:22 am

So I understand that l values are based on n and ml values are based on l values, but my question is, how do we know which value of l that ml equals? For example, if l is 3, the allowed values for ml are -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3. But how do we know which of those values actually IS the orientation of the subshell as ml identifies?

philipraj_1F
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Re: Allowed Values of Quantum Numbers

Postby philipraj_1F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:16 pm

It depends on what orbital the last electron is in. For example, if the last electron were in the orbital with a magnetic quantum number of +1, then that would be the corresponding magnetic quantum number.


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