Questions tagged [atomic-structure]

For questions about the various atomic structure theories, including the Bohr theory. Not to be confused with the actual arrangement of atoms in macroscopic solids ([solid-state-chemistry]) or newer quantum concepts ([quantum-chemistry])

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Radial Probability Distibution Curve v/s $\psi^2$ v/s r curve for 1s orbitals

My doubt is very basic but I have referred to a couple of books before asking this question This is an excerpt from Linus Pauling's book: "the most probable distance of the electron from the nucleus, ...
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Why the term 'unified' in “unified mass unit”?

Why different unit symbols - amu, u and dalton are used for representing atomic mass? And what does the term 'unified' mean in "unified mass unit"? Thank you.
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How did Planck reach the conclusion that energy comes in packets based on black body curves? [on hold]

I understand that if wavelength continues to decrease energy emitted by an atom would get to infinite, but how does the max wavelength at a particular temperature translate to discrete energy packets. ...
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Bohr's model of an atom

This question is not very mighty. But I'm having a problem wrapping my head around the Bohr's atomic structure. The textbook says electrons revolve around the nucleus in fixed energy shells, with each ...
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What does Brightness/ intensity of spectral lines depend on?

My book states that it depends upon "The number of photons of same frequency or wavelength ABSORBED or EMITTED" From what I understood, if many hydrogen atoms within the discharge tube EMIT the same ...
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What is the unit of the Rydberg Constant? [duplicate]

In the image, the Rydberg constant seems to have two units. How is that possible?
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What are orbitals actually? [closed]

If s, p, d and f subshells have these kinds of boundary surface diagram, then why don't they include the probability of finding electrons in their preceding shells? As in, if d subshells have ...
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Cause of uniform glow in cathode ray tubes

I got the following extract from a chemistry book (emphasis mine): It is observed that current does not flow through the gas at ordinary pressure even at high voltage of 5000 volts. When the ...
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How can the potential energy at the infinite energy level in an atom be zero?

I have recently learnt about atomic structure and the Bohr model of the atom and have observed a discrepancy between it and my previous knowledge based on physics. For simplicity, assume the atom is ...
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Strongest overlap among s–s, p–p, s–p [duplicate]

So, I was wondering, when overlap of orbitals takes place, among s–s, s–p, p–p which type of overlapping is stronger? Because in s–s more volume is being used in overlap, but the electron density is ...
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How is the potential energy between two atoms measured?

In class, we learned about the interatomic potential graph. How does one actually measure the potential energy between two atoms experimentally to ensure the graph is correct? What device is used?
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Which principle goes against the concept of Bohr's fixed orbits? [closed]

Can you also state the principle which goes against it?
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Maximum number of atoms in the ground state

I was given the following question. A sample contains $100$ identical and hypothetical $H$-like atoms ( $Z$ may be fractional). Out of the given atoms, some are in the ground state, while others ...
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Electronic configuration of the actinides

I was reading about actinides and I need some help in understanding this paragraph from Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee - The electronic structures of the actinides do not follow the simple ...
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Deducing the shell when transition occurs such that two photons are discharged

Find $n$ (quantum number) corresponding to the excited state of $\ce{He+}$ ion if on transition to ground state the ion emits two photons in succession with wavelengths $\pu{108.5 nm}$ and $\pu{30.4 ...
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What happens to the first ionization potential when a hydrogen-like atom captures a particle?

This is a textbook problem from Resonance DLPD Physical Chemistry, Page #83: The mass of a proton is $1836$ times the mass of an electron. If a subatomic particle of mass $207$ times the mass of an ...
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Identifying orbital given electron probability density plot

Being a high-school student, I only have a qualitative understanding of the wave mechanical model of atom. Below are my inferences regarding the plot shown in the above picture: The concerned ...
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Does one atom of an element show the properties of a bulk of that element? [duplicate]

For example, does one atom of gold have a golden color?
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Why is a carbon to iodine pi-bond less stable than a carbon to fluorine pi-bond?

This question comes from a second semester undergraduate organic chemistry course. Please refer to the image below with regard to the question. My understanding of the trend in section 4a is that "...
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What are the possible magnetic quantum numbers of silver? [closed]

What are all the possible quantum numbers ml and ms of the electrons in the outermost s orbital of silver? I'm new to this concept. Can anyone walk me through this?
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Why did J.J. Thomson observe protons in his cathode ray experiment?

In this MIT lecture, at 7:22, the professor says that when J.J. Thomson added a positively charged plate on one side of the cathode ray and a negatively charged plate on the other side, he observed a ...
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Angular momentum of an electron in an atom

The Orbital Angular momentum of an electron in an atom is given by $\hbar \sqrt{l(l+1)}$ and the Spin Angular Momentum is $\hbar \sqrt{s(s+1)}$. So what is the resultant Angular momentum of an ...
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Slope of Graph of Wave Number vs inverse square of the principal quantum number(1/n^2) in Hydrogen Emission spectrum

What is the final expression we get for wave number in a hydrogen emission spectrum? Let us say for example from 6 to an orbit $n$. Considering that it is an emission spectrum, I think it would be ...
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Energy of emitted photon in Bohr's model

In Bohr's model for hydrogen atom, the energy of photon emitted by an electron is equal to the difference in potential energy of electron in the two orbits. I do not understand this part. Shouldn't we ...
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What is the exact definition of the radial distribution function?

I have been very confused by the radial distribution function which is often used in chemistry to predict the probability of finding an electron at a distance from the nucleus. From Atkins' Physical ...
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Software for the atom model of all elements [closed]

I want an atom model with shells but I haven't found one yet and the only software that created an atom was Cinema 4D. This software is not for beginners like me and I used a tutorial to make an atom ...
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Strong or weak force between protons and neutrons?

I had learned that what keeps the protons and neutrons bound is the strong force and the weak force has to do with radioactive decay. but today I read an article from Science Daily that contradicts ...
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Confusion about electron arrangement in elements

My textbook says, "The first shell can hold only 2 electrons. The second and subsequent shells can hold 8 electrons to give a stable noble gas arrangement." Can someone explain me if it is MAXIMUM 8 ...
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What is the real structure of atom showing every ORBITAL [closed]

Since the Bohr's atomic model was rejected and new concept of orbital was introduced so what is the real structure of an atom showing each and every orbital?
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Constructing two body Hamiltonian for Helium atom in hydrogen slater orbitals single particle basis [duplicate]

I am trying to construct a two body states to calculate the matrix elements of electronic Hamiltonian of Helium atom. $$H=-\frac{1}{2}\nabla^{2}_{1}-\frac{1}{2}\nabla^{2}_{2}-\frac{2}{\vec{r}_{1}}-\...
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Restrictions on transitions in Spectroscopy

Just for the sake of an example, let's assume a transition from one energy state to a higher energy state in atomic absorption spectrum If the energy difference between the ground state and first ...
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Why there will be only limited shells in a particular atom? [closed]

What is the maximum possible principal quantum number for an atom(any atom not a specific one) ?
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Don't understand why Rutherford was shocked by results of gold foil experiment

The way Rutherford's classic gold foil experiment has been presented (including by Rutherford himself) doesn't make sense to me. As many of you know, Rutherford famously described himself as being ...
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How are the molar mass and molecular mass of any compound numerically the same?

This observation is really annoying me, and the internet isn't providing me with any solid answers. Either their definitions of molar mass completely differ, or they don't stick to their own ...
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Is there a finite number to the possible state of electron in an atom?

Okay, I know you may say, there are infinite numbers of possible state of an electron between its ground state and ionic state, since energy levels get continuous as electron gets farther away from ...
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Why are 4s electrons removed before 3d electrons? [duplicate]

According to Aufbau's Principle energy of 3d orbital is greater than 4s orbital, so which filling 4s if filled beforehand 3d. Whereas while removing electrons 4s electrons are removed first. Why? I ...
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In Bohr's model what is angular momentum in the lowest orbital?

Angular momentum is given by: $n\frac{h}{2\pi}$ where $n=1,2,3...$ And angular momentum is also given by: $\sqrt{l(l+1)}\frac{h}{2\pi}$ By the first equation angular momentum should be $\frac{h}{2\...
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Atomic weight = expected weight?

The atomic weight of an element, is it accurate to say that another way to think of it is the expected value of that element's weight if we were to sample one at random from the environment? Are man-...
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Finding region of electromagnetic spectrum with wavenumber

A line with wave number $\pu{1.028\times10^{-2} nm^{-1}}$ is emitted in the spectrum of atomic hydrogen. In what region of the electromagnetic spectrum does this line occur? Do we find this by ...
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Radial probability curve [closed]

Can somebody give me a clue on how to solve the question in the picture for me given below
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How does the screening effect work for orbital in the same shell?

Energy of an orbital in a single electron system depends solely on n, while energy of orbital in multi electron system depends on n and l, why is that? I understand that the screening effect is at ...
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positive rays ?? (What and why)

Question : We were recently studying the chapter on Atomic Structure and we had a topic about cathode rays and the single particle of a cathode ray is called cathode ray particle. The next topic ...
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why would an alpha particle ejects neutron when bombarded on berreylium? [closed]

when an alpha particle hit berrelyium it emits neutron. Does the alpha particle causes unstability to the nucleus or any other reason?
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Quantization and Bohr's model

According to quantization it's said that emitted or absorbed energy is quantized. Then, when it's said in bohr's model an electron changes its orbit (Let's say it goes to a higher energy shell from $...
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Rutherford's alpha particle scattering experiment for sheets made of different metals [closed]

The correct order of increasing number of alpha particles passing undeflected through the foils of Au, Ag, Cu and Al of 1000 atoms thickness each in an alpha scattering experiment of Rutherford would ...
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Probabilities of Electrons in Orbitals [duplicate]

I've heard both of the following: An orbital is a region where there's a 90% probability of finding an electron An orbital is a region where an electron spends 90% of its time Are these essentially ...
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Why is there an orbital angular momentum if the electron isn't properly revolving around the nucleus?

I'm a tenth grader who's just been introduced to this subject of atomic structure, so please help. I recently read that an electron doesn't have circular motion around a nucleus, its motion is kind ...
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Quantum Mechanical Model of An Atom, Shells, Subshells [duplicate]

I've just been introduced to the quantum Mechanical Model of an Atom, so please bear with me on this one. Are Subshells and shell physical things, like do they really exist, or is it a concept only to ...
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Bohr energy formula for a single-electron system

A single electron atom has nuclear charge $+Ze$ where $Z$ is atomic number and e is electronic charge requires $\pu{16.52ev}$ to excite the electron from the second bohr orbit to third bohr orbit. ...
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Rutherford experiment [closed]

I am aware that in this experiment originally alpha particles were bombarded on gold foil. But recently I came across a question where this experiment was done with calcium and zinc instead of gold. ...