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Magnetic Quantum Number

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:29 pm
by Sarah Zhao 4C
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.

Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:05 pm
by MaanasO 1A
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!

Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:57 pm
by tierra parker 1J
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

Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:38 am
by Sean Reyes 1J
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!

Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:40 am
by isarose0
Can someone give me the the most simple definition of a wavefunction?

Re: Magnetic Quantum Number

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:08 pm
by Sarah Zhao 4C
It's the function used to calculate the energy of an electron