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Electron Penetration

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:00 pm
by David Zhang 1B
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.

Re: Electron Penetration

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:52 am
by Jeril Joseph 1B
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.

Re: Electron Penetration

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:53 am
by Jeril Joseph 1B
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.