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The magnetic quantum number tells you about the orientation of the electron orbitals. For example, if you think back to the lecture where we talked about the p-orbital and how when l = 1, ml can be -1, 0, or 1 which roughly translates to px, py, or pz. Note though that when going from the ml value to describing the orientation of the p-orbital in terms of the axis that goes through the orbital, x, y, and z are arbitrary and don't correspond to a specific ml value.
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