Determining Element

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Ashley Osorio
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Determining Element

Postby Ashley Osorio » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:53 pm

How do we determine an element from the quantum numbers? I mean, without knowing where the element is on the periodic table, we can't figure out ml, can't we? So, is it possible?

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Re: Determining Element

Postby chemboi » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:57 pm

I don't think its possible to pin down individual elements if you are only given n, l, m. Rather, these describe orbitals in elements of that n

Jessa Maheras 4F
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Re: Determining Element

Postby Jessa Maheras 4F » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:03 pm

The combination of quantum numbers determines a specific electron within an element. I agree with the student above!

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Re: Determining Element

Postby Sadhana_Dicussion_4A » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:10 pm

Quantum numbers are only used to describe the electrons in an element. Therefore, you will not be able to find the specific element given only the quantum numbers.

Claire Stoecklein 1E
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Re: Determining Element

Postby Claire Stoecklein 1E » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:31 pm

You can use the quantum numbers to count the number of valence electrons and determine the element (or ion, possibly)

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