Quantum number M  [ENDORSED]

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Tatiana 4B
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Quantum number M

Postby Tatiana 4B » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:24 pm

If Quantum number L can be more than one value, then do we figure out the possible M values based on the highest number L could be?

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Re: Quantum number M

Postby Jessica Chen 1F » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:46 pm

You can determine how many values of Ml there are based on the number of L through the equation M = (2L + 1)

For example, if L = 1, there are (2(1)+1) = 3 values of M and they are -1, 0, +1
if L = 2, there are (2(2)+1) = 5 values of M and they are -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
and so on.

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Re: Quantum number M

Postby Linyu Zeng 1H » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:06 pm

the values of M associated with each L can be determined separately. Just take the integers between + and - values of L.

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Re: Quantum number M

Postby Bianca Barcelo 4I » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:50 pm

Can anyone clarify the meaning/concept of quantum number m?

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Re: Quantum number M

Postby Joon Chang 2F » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:42 pm

Bianca Barcelo 1G wrote:Can anyone clarify the meaning/concept of quantum number m?

Quantum number ms is the spin magnetic quantum number. It represents the spin state of the electron, which can be thought of as the electron spinning either clockwise or counterclockwise. It basically indicates what direction the electron is spinning in.
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Re: Quantum number M

Postby Julia Go 2L » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:47 pm

The quantum number ml is the magnetic quantum number. It indicates the orientation of an orbital around the nucleus. The values of m depend on l.

For example, if l=1, then m = -1,0,1

There are three possible values for m, which means that there are 3 different orientations. (px, py, pz)

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Re: Quantum number M  [ENDORSED]

Postby Rian Montagh 2K » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:40 pm

To respond to the first question, l can be different numbers so if you only have n=2, then l can be 0 or 1. So I think it would make sense to choose the higher l so that you include the widest range of m values that cover all the possibilities of m.

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Re: Quantum number M

Postby bonnie_schmitz_1F » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:03 pm

In the M number, does -1 always correspond to x? For example is wave function (2,1, -1) have to mean 2px? or could it be 2py?


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