Vocabulary confusion

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Madelyn Romberg 1H
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Vocabulary confusion

Postby Madelyn Romberg 1H » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:36 pm

What is the difference between principal quantum number and magnetic quantum number?

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Re: Vocabulary confusion

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:44 pm

Principal quantum number refers to the energy level an electron resides in as well as its relative distance from the nucleus. The magnetic quantum number indicates the orientation or position of the orbital.

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Re: Vocabulary confusion

Postby Josephine Chan 1B » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:53 pm

The principle quantum number determines the energy level and is also called the shell and is labeled as n. The magnetic quantum number labels different orbitals of a subshell and is labeled as mℓ.

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