Problem: What are the possible sublevels for n=2?A) sB) s,p C) s,dD) s, p, d

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We are being asked to determine the possible sublevels for n = 2


Let’s first define the quantum numbers.

• the principal quantum number (n) → energy level in orbitals and its value could be any positive integer starting from 1

angular momentum quantum number (ℓ) → (l) has to be at least 1 less than n, range of values from 0 up to (n-1)

▪ Each ℓ value corresponds to a subshell/sublevel:

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What are the possible sublevels for n=2?

A) s

B) s,p 

C) s,d

D) s, p, d

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