principal quantum number

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Sophie Krylova 2J
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principal quantum number

Postby Sophie Krylova 2J » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:17 pm

If n=5, then is it the row of the periodic table or the actual shell? (bc for d and f orbitals the two would be different)

Curtis Tam 1J
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Re: principal quantum number

Postby Curtis Tam 1J » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:21 am

n denotes the energy of the shell so it would correlate to the period of the periodic table. d and f would be l values which which is not the same thing as the "nth" period. In the case of d, electrons will fill the orbitals lagging one period behind the s orbitals. For f, electrons will fill the orbitals lagging 2 behind the s orbitals. Hope this helps!

Emma Miltenberger 2I
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Re: principal quantum number

Postby Emma Miltenberger 2I » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:41 pm

If n=5, it is the row of the periodic table and the actual shell for the s and p orbitals. However, it is not for d and f.


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