Problem: Write out the four possible quantum numbers for each of the electrons in the diagram below. Give them in the order of: n, l, ml, and ms.HINT: There are 6 electrons therefore you should give 6 answers.

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We’re being asked to write the four possible quantum numbers for each of the electrons in the given diagram below:


Let’s first define and determine the possible values of the four quantum numbers:

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

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:

 = 0 → s subshell
 = 1 → p subshell 
 = 2 → d subshell
 = 3 → f subshell

• magnetic quantum number (m) → range of values from - to + 

▪ The m values (for each ℓ) represent an orbital for the subshell:

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Write out the four possible quantum numbers for each of the electrons in the diagram below. Give them in the order of: n, l, ml, and ms.

HINT: There are 6 electrons therefore you should give 6 answers.

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