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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:15 pm
What is the difference in degeneracy for an H-atom and multielectron atoms? Do the same rules apply?
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:20 pm
All of the orbitals in the shell of a hydrogen atom are degenerate. Orbitals with the same n but different values of l is true only for the hydrogen atom and one-electron ions.
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:20 pm
For multi-electron, orbitals with same l but different ml are said to be degenerate. For hydrogen, orbitals with different n are degenerate because it only has one electron. This rule would not apply to multi-electron model because multi-electron model is more complicated and need to take the electrostatic interaction into account.
Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:33 pm
I do not understand the importance of degeneracy.
Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:13 pm
Just to clarify, is the degeneracy related to the orbital in an atom?