Electron Spin

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Electron Spin

Postby bonnie_schmitz_1F » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:00 pm

I'm a little confused about the idea of electron spin. Why do electrons spin and why is the quantum number associated with it +/- 1/2?

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby 005115864 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:08 pm

Hi! Electron spins are similar to orientation except it's just the way an electron spins whether that be clockwise or counter clockwise! It's not really a value that can be changed it is just a property that was found of electrons upon observing them. If you recall, in the lecture, we discussed the Stern and Gerlach Experiment which discussed an experiment where it was observed, using a silver atom with 1 unpaired electron, that electrons can spin up (1/2) or down (-1/2) which is why we technically consider it the fourth quantum number.

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby Megan_Ervin_1F » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:46 pm

I believe you do not need to know the extreme details of spin. Just know that there is a fifty fifty chance of positive one half or negative one half and pick one when asked on a test

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby ran2000 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:39 pm

There is not much to be known for this course. In each orbital, 2 electrons can exist and they take up opposite spins. They take the values 1/2 and -1/2 since there's 50% chance of up spin and 50% chance of down spin.

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby kimberlyrose1G » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:04 am

you can determine the electron spin by drawing the electron configuration, the details of the electron spin itself aren't essential but do provide a little background. Basically, if you draw the configuration, you'll have an arrow pointing up or down in the end, so this will tell you whether it is +1/2 (spin up) or -1/2 (spin down).

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby Andrew Bennecke » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:31 pm

I don't know if this is correct, but I believe that the first electron spins up, while the second spins down. I am basing this off of when we draw our electron configurations, we draw the first electron as an arrow pointing up in each orbital.

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby 404905747 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:16 pm

I am a little confused as well. I understand how you fill the orbitals and their spin. I just don’t understand why.

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Re: Electron Spin

Postby Zachary Menz 1D » Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:32 pm

Electron spin represents the angular momentum of electrons, and is noticeable when electrons interact with magnetic fields. In each individual orbital, there is one electron with a +1/2 spin and one electron with a -1/2 spin.

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