Problem: Suppose that the spin quantum number, ms, could have three allowed values instead of two.What would be the number of elements in the first row of the periodic table?

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We are asked to determine the number of elements in the first row of the periodic table when the spin quantum number, ms, have three allowed values instead of two.

If there was a third value for ms, there could be 3rd electron in each orbital instead of 2. 

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Suppose that the spin quantum number, ms, could have three allowed values instead of two.

What would be the number of elements in the first row of the periodic table?