Problem: In the experiment shown schematically below , a beam of neutral atoms is passed through a magnetic field. Atoms that have unpaired electrons are deflected in different directions in the magnetic field depending on the value of the electron spin quantum number. In the experiment illustrated, we envision that a beam of hydrogen atoms splits into two beams.What do you think would happen if the strength of the magnet were increased?

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What we are talking about here is paramagnetism. 

Anything that is magnetic, like a bar magnet or a loop of electric current, has a magnetic moment. 

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In the experiment shown schematically below 

A diagram shows a beam of atoms traveling through a thin vertical slit and passing between the arms of a U-shaped magnet.  A beam collector plate shows that atoms are deflected either left or right after the magnet.

a beam of neutral atoms is passed through a magnetic field. Atoms that have unpaired electrons are deflected in different directions in the magnetic field depending on the value of the electron spin quantum number. In the experiment illustrated, we envision that a beam of hydrogen atoms splits into two beams.

What do you think would happen if the strength of the magnet were increased?

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