Magnetic Quantum Number

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Sarah Zhao 4C
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Magnetic Quantum Number

Postby Sarah Zhao 4C » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:29 pm

I understand that for the p orbital, you can determine based off the magnetic quantum number if it is Px, Py, or Pz. But for the s, d, or f orbitals, are we supposed to be able to recognize which value of m lines up with which axis pairs?

I'm sorry if that wording made no sense.

MaanasO 1A
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Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Postby MaanasO 1A » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:05 pm

Hi Sarah!

I believe we don't need to understand how each of the orbitals line up with the axes. S-orbitals are spheres, but d and f orbitals are very much complicated and are beyond the scope of our class.

Hope that helps!

tierra parker 1J
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Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Postby tierra parker 1J » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:57 pm

I don't think we need to know the specific axis pairing. I think we just need to know that the d orbital has five different pairings

Sean Reyes 1J
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Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Postby Sean Reyes 1J » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:38 am

We mainly need to know the relationship between n, l, and ml in that ml is dependent on l, which is also dependent on n.
So, for example, knowing that n =3 and l=2, that means that ml could take on the values: -2,-1,0,+1,+2.
Hope this helps!

isarose0
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Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Postby isarose0 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:40 am

Can someone give me the the most simple definition of a wavefunction?

Sarah Zhao 4C
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Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Postby Sarah Zhao 4C » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:08 pm

It's the function used to calculate the energy of an electron


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