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Also for orbitals in general, n is the energy level, l is the subshell and ml is the orbitals within the subshell. So if you are only given n=2 for example, you would know that l can either be 0 or 1, or s or p, since l is 0, ... , n-1. For l, 0/s has 1 orbital, 1/p has 3 orbitals, 2/d has 5, and 3/f has 7. Since with n=2 we know l can be 0 or 1, the number of possible orbitals is 1+3, or 4.
905416023 wrote:On problem 1D.23 I am having trouble. How do I begin to know how many orbitals can have the following quantum numbers in an atom? The concept, in general, confuses me, not just this specific question.
I believe we went over it in class. I would check google images for a diagram to be sure of the number of orbitals for each qn.
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