Electron structures

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Marty Hockey
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Electron structures

Postby Marty Hockey » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:37 pm

I understand that if 2 electrons are paired they have opposite spin, and if they're parallel they have the same spin, but what makes the electrons paired or parallel?

Samuel Tzeng 1B
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Re: Electron structures

Postby Samuel Tzeng 1B » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:53 pm

Electrons are paired if they're in the same orbital and parallel if they're in separate orbitals and have the same spin

Ashley Kao 1H
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Re: Electron structures

Postby Ashley Kao 1H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:59 pm

Yes! When electrons have opposite spin, they are paired and thus the orbital is more balanced and stable. Additionally, if electrons have parallel spin, they are unpaired and ready to bond with other elements. The reason for this is the Aufbau Principle or Building Up principle, in which we fill up each orbital with one spin-up electron before adding the spin-down electrons.

Kim Chen
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Re: Electron structures

Postby Kim Chen » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:05 pm

Remember that electrons will behave in whatever way is most stable to add onto the first person's response.

erica thompson 4I
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Re: Electron structures

Postby erica thompson 4I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:46 pm

Each orbital can hold a maximum of 2 electrons, and the two electrons in the same orbital have opposite spins.

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