Orbitals and Quantum Levels

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Orbitals and Quantum Levels

Postby Kyle Harvey 4F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:49 pm

Could someone expand a little bit on this for me? As an electron gains more energy, it rises to higher quantum levels. However, does the electron's path or orbital motion remain the same, just further away from the nucleus?

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Re: Orbitals and Quantum Levels

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:35 pm

An electron that gains energy doesn't necessarily jump energy shells (principal quantum number). It can also be excited to a higher energy subshell (orbital) in the same energy level. For example an electron in a 2s state can be excited to a 2p state.

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Re: Orbitals and Quantum Levels

Postby saigorijavolu2k » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:06 pm

After a while, the electron will fall back down to a lower energy level/original one and release this energy in the form of photons. When an electron returns to the ground state, it no longer releases energy.

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Re: Orbitals and Quantum Levels

Postby Giselle Littleton 1F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:42 pm

The electron's path just gets further from the nucleus.

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Re: Orbitals and Quantum Levels

Postby jeffreygong1I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:53 pm

As I understand it, the shape of the path can change if it goes up to a different kind of orbital, but it doesn't have to.

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