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Principle quantum number and orbital angular momentum quantum number

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:10 am
by Ellie Tsang 1I
In the textbook, it says that l = 0,1,2,..., n - 1. For question 2.27, n = 5 and l =2. I don’t understand how l can equal 2. Can someone clarify?

Re: Principle quantum number and orbital angular momentum quantum number

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:38 am
by Hope_Pham_1G
l can equal values from 0 to n-1. That means l can equal 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 but NOT 5 or higher for this homework problem. l=2 refers to the electron(s) in a specific subshell.

Re: Principle quantum number and orbital angular momentum quantum number

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:43 pm
by Mario Reyes 1C
l CAN equal 0, 1, 2 ,3 ,and 4. However, this doesn't mean that l will equal all of those values. In this case they tell us l=2 which indicates that electrons are in the p orbital.