Quantum Numbers

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Matia Kim 1B
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Quantum Numbers

Postby Matia Kim 1B » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:13 pm

How do you know if the charge is positive 1/2 or negative 1/2?

Chloe Qiao 4C
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Re: Quantum Numbers

Postby Chloe Qiao 4C » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:28 pm

If you mean the magnetic spin quantum number, +1/2 is for the anti-clockwise rotation and -1/2 is for the clockwise rotation.

Kessandra Ng 1K
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Re: Quantum Numbers

Postby Kessandra Ng 1K » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:55 pm

I don't think you would need to know exactly which electron is +1/2 or -1/2; just know that the electrons in the same sub-shell must have opposite spin so one of them must be +1/2 and the other -1/2.

Michael Torres 4I
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Re: Quantum Numbers

Postby Michael Torres 4I » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:47 pm

In addition to what others have said I also recommend taking into consideration Hund's Rule and the electron configuration exceptions Lavelle mentioned (Cr and Cu) whenever asked anything about electron spin even if you may not know the specific spin of an electron in an orbital.

Alexandra Albers 1D
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Re: Quantum Numbers

Postby Alexandra Albers 1D » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:52 pm

As of yet, we haven't needed to know how to determine the spin of a specific electron. We do know that in the configuration, electrons should be organized with parallel spins first though and then have the electrons of opposing spins added afterwards.

Manya Kidambi 3I
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Re: Quantum Numbers

Postby Manya Kidambi 3I » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:43 pm

You would have to draw out the orbital diagram. If the arrow is pointing up, it is +1/2 and if it is pointing down it is -1/2.

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