Electron Penetration

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Electron Penetration

Postby David Zhang 1B » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:00 pm

What does it mean for an electron to penetrate the nucleus? In 1E.5 (b), it says that an electron in an s-orbital can penetrate the nucleus of an atom.

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Re: Electron Penetration

Postby Jeril Joseph 1B » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:52 am

I think the penetration refers to the attraction electrons in the s-state have towards the nucleus because of the opposite charges. However, that doesn't mean the electrons collapse into the nucleus since the change in velocity of an electron is greater than the speed of light.

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Re: Electron Penetration

Postby Jeril Joseph 1B » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:53 am

Additionally, the electrons in the s-state are of lower energy levels and are closer to the nucleus, so they are prone to penetrating the nucleus.


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