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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Slater's Rule and penetrating power contradiction

If we consider a 4s electron then it will be affected by 3d and 3p both (among others). Now 3d has slater's constant as 1.00 but 3p has slater's constant as 0.85, however 3d has poor shielding, then ...
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Where can I find the absolute mass in grams/kg of various single isotopes of an element? [closed]

So I have revising my understanding of the various concepts of atomic mass, mass number, average atomic mass that we find in general chemistry. I realized only until recently that the information of ...
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How to make the Radius of an Atom Larger? [closed]

Let us say I take 1000 electrons into an atom. How much will it increase the radius of the Atom? Is there a formula I can use to determine this? Is it possible to insert an electron with a proton to ...
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Why does hydrogen burn with a pale blue flame while its emission spectral lines are red in colour?

I was studying oxidising flames and realized that sodium burns with a bright yellow flame the wavelength of which is around 588 nm. Then I searched for emission spectra of sodium and found that the ...
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Why is atomic mass unit/unified atomic mass defined against Carbon 12?

I have searched the web all over this question and I have not really found an answer to my satisfaction. From my understanding of the topic so far, I understand that reason why concept of unified ...
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When is the n+l rule followed when working with energy of different orbitals?

While going through my book, I came across a problem which gave some options about the order of energy of 3s, 3p and 3d orbitals of hydrogen atom. The correct answer was given as: 3s, 3p and 3d ...
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How do isotopes with different nuclear spins behave at temperatures near 0 Kelvin? [closed]

Suppose I had two isotopes of the same element, one with a spin of zero and another with a spin of 3/2. If I somehow put those isotopes at temperatures near 0K, how would those two isotopes behave ...
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Origin of the D1 line of sodium

According to the fine structure formula for exact energies (Sommerfield formula) $$E_{jn} = -m_\mathrm{e}c^2\left[1 - \left(1 + \left[\frac{\alpha}{n - j - \frac 1 2 + \sqrt{\left(j + \frac 1 2\right)^...
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Flame Test of Alkali Metals and Alkaline Earth Metals

The flame test colors for alkali metal and alkaline earth metal salts are well known, but what about the metals themselves? Do they also give rise to the same colors (eg, brick red for Ca, pale green ...
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I am confused with intensity of spectral lines …? [closed]

Example : FOR BALMER SERIES . HOW ? For (n2 to n1) : (2 to 1) > (3to1) > (4to 1) > (5 to 1) .....so on ......? please help me , I am unable to get that how the intensity of spectral lines ...
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Degeneracy of atomic orbitals

In an atom suppose there is a set of degenerate orbitals(No external fields). Can the electron be found in any these orbitals with equal probability/with non-zero probability ?(eg: In Boron can the ...
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Diatomic molecule under pressure

If we put a diatomic molecule under pressure the interatomic distance will be decreased and according to this graph the potential energy of the bonding molecular orbital will be increased. What will ...
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If electrons absorb photons to reach higher energy levels in Bohr's atom, why do they have lesser kinetic energy?

In Bohr's atomic model, an electron can jump to a higher energy level by absorbing a photon with energy equal to the difference in energy between 2 energy levels. This should mean that the electron ...
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How does an electron identify whether to absorb a photon of a certain wavelength or not in absorption spectrum? [closed]

How would an electron identify the specific photons of a certain wavelength which are to be absorbed in a Hydrogen atom while creating an absorption spectrum? Well, I was thinking of it like this- Way-...
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Why is it that protons and electrons undergo the same amount of deflection in an electric field if they have the same energy?

The question I have is with respect to this diagram. Which depicts a stream of protons and electrons entering a proton field with equal energy. Why is it that in the case where the energy of protons ...
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Why does titanium have lower affinity than scandium?

Electron affinity of atoms in the same row usually increases with the atomic number until the shell or half-shell gets full, and then it drops down. Some transition metals are exceptions from the rule,...
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Why does boron have a lower affinity than oxygen? [closed]

Electron affinity of oxygen is 141 kJ/mol and electron affinity of boron is 27 kJ/mol. I suspect it is because boron nucleus is much better shielded than oxygen nucleus (in the p-shell), but I am not ...
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Relationship between Quantum Numbers and the Wave-function

I recently started learning about quantum mechanics and its applciations in atomic structure in chemistry. In this inorganic textbook Inorganic Chemistry, it describes "Each of the wavefunctions ...
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Why does dissolved oxygen concentration decrease with increasing atomic number of metals?

I am looking at how metal ions ($\ce{Fe^2+}$, $\ce{Ni^2+}$, $\ce{Cu^2+}$, $\ce{Zn^2+}$, and $\ce{Ag+}$) affect the biochemical oxygen demand in water and used the Winkler's method to find out the ...
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Rutherford's Alpha Ray Scattering Experiment & Plum-Pudding Model

My teacher said, "Rutherford thought that all the Alpha particles would directly go through the gold foil without any collision if the plum pudding model was right. Because, as said in plum ...
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Schrodinger's Equation and Wave Function

So I understand that there exists the shrodinger's equation, which on solving,gives the wave function of an electron. The wave function as I understand, gives all possible information about an ...
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How to explain the relation between atomic number and energy of orbitals? [closed]

I came across a certain line in my textbook that says: "As the atomic number increases the energy of orbitals decreases" Can someone please explain how this happens? My explanation is: As ...
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Why is oxygen sp2 hybridised in acetate ion [closed]

The oxygen atom with the negative charge on the acetate ion is said to be sp2 hybridised but I can seem to figure out how I feel I may not have out much effort into this question so even a link to a ...
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Distance of subshells from nucleus [closed]

Which subshell is more closer to the nucleus.4f or 6s? 6s gets filled first so does it have to be more closer to the nucleus?
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Did JJ Thomson know about Eugen Goldstein’s experiment discovering canal rays?

We learn that JJ Thomson discovered the electron in 1897. Several years EARLIER in 1886, Eugen Goldstein performs the same experiment but with the anode and cathode switched to produce positively ...
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What does orbital mean, exactly? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that orbital is the probability distribution data of the electron around nucleus which is amplitude data in a way. An example of how my teacher actually told what it means involves ...
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Does electron mass decrease when it changes its orbit?

I have studied this in my chapter atomic structure that when an electron changes its orbit from lower energy to higher energy state , it does not state in my book that it moves there but that it ...
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Why isoelectronic species give similar spectral lines?

In my perspective those species should give similar spectra those which have same energy of different energy levels as the transition would yeild same energy photon But still the answer to this ...
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Do electrons of opposite spin attract each other? [closed]

Electrons of opposite spin create magnetic fields that are opposite to each other. So, is it possible that, 'such electron pairs attract each other' or ' they distract each other less than electron of ...
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What happens if we continuously hit an atom with photons

My sir told me that Energy required to remove an electron from one orbit to another depends on hf * n. Where n means the no of photons that will strike on a metal surface and hf is energy of one ...
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What does Pauli’s exclusion principle mean in atomic or fundamental way? [closed]

It means is that no electron can have same n , l and $m_l$ but can have two different spin quantum number. I want to know why is this rule valid?Means there must be some other things happening also ...
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Relation of Energy required to change an orbit by electron of H atom with spectrum

We have the value for expression of line spectrum of hydrogen. $\Delta E = 13.6 \cdot Z^2 \cdot \left( \frac{1}{n_1^2} - \frac{1}{n_2^2} \right)$ Amount of energy required by electron to change its ...
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Finding excited stage of electron from its potential energy

The potential energy of an electron in the hydrogen atom is $\pu{-6.8 eV}.$ Indicate the excited stage in which electron is present. Total energy would be equal to $\pu{-3.4 eV}.$ I used the formula $...
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hydrogen spectrum

In the spectrum of atomic hydrogen, several lines are generally classified together as belonging to a series (for example, Balmer series, Lyman series, Paschen series), What is common to the lines ...
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Do different eigenstates of total angular momentum have necessarily different energies?

Let $H$ be the Hamiltonian of a specific atom and $J$ the total angular momentum. Since $H$ and $J$ commute, they have common eigenstate. So we can label the atomic states by their energy and total ...
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Why isn't osmium ferromagnetic?

When I am studying magnetic properties in IB Chemistry, what particularly puzzles me is ferromagnetism. In my textbook, what accounts for paramagnetism in transition metals is unpaired electrons in ...
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Forcing atoms closer together [closed]

Is there a method in chemistry to alter the energy of atomic bonds by forcing atoms closer together in a smaller volume? Similar to how pressure squeezes atoms closer together.
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why doesn't dz2 orbital have any nodal plane?

why dz2 orbital does not have any nodal plane whereas the other orbitals such as dxy and dzy have nodal plane? As l=1 , won't it have at least one angular node?
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why does the gap between the energy levels of a hydrogen atom keep decreasing as we move further and further away from nucleus? [closed]

why is the gap between the first two orbits greater than the gap between second and third orbit? shouldn't the gap keep decreasing as the radius keeps increasing? Can someone explain this ?
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Is the Hydrogen spectrum only an emission spectrum?

In a statement question it was stated that hydrogen spectrum is an emission spectrum and the scheme considered it to be ture. But my argument is that it can be both emission and abosorption spectrum. ...
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Atoms visualisation [closed]

In 7th class I was been taught that in an atom, electrons revolve around shells and the electrons with higher energy level are placed likewise in the shell above of that electron: In 11th class I ...
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Electron configuration of iron(I) cation

What is the electron configuration of $\ce{Fe+}$ cation? \begin{align} \ce{Fe+} &\!:~ [\ce{Ar}]\mathrm{(3d)^6(4s)^1}\label{chm:1}\tag{1}\\ \ce{Fe+} &\!:~ [\ce{Ar}]\mathrm{(3d)^7(4s)^0}\label{...
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Reason for needing multiple radii for the same atom [duplicate]

Why do we need different types of atomic radii? Why can't there be just one radii for an atom?
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How do we get g and E values for various levels to calculate electronic partition function

When we calculate electronic partition function using the formula: $$q_\mathrm{elec}=\sum^\infty_{n=1}g_ne^{-E_n/k_BT}$$ How can I get the $g_n$ value and $E_n$ values for $n=0,1,2,3...$ levels? I ...
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Does the 4s orbital really have a higher energy level compared to 3d? [duplicate]

For writing the electronic configuration of the $\ce{Fe^2+}$ ion, you need to remove two electrons (as it is an ion) which are from the highest energy level. Apparently, this would be $\mathrm{4s}$ ...
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How to calculate electric force on valence electron?

In order to understand the periodic trends more fully, I wanted to calculate the net force exerted on the electron (with the highest principal quantum number and azimuthal quantum number) of an atom. ...
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Determining electronic configuration [closed]

One writes the electronic configuration in terms of shells, spdf subshells, orbitals, and spin of electrons. There are exceptions to principles we know. How does one confirm that the way of writing is ...
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Reason for same frequency of spectral line in infrared and visible region

I encountered this question while trying to understand the basics of spectroscopy and atomic structure. Which electronic transition in Balmer series of hydrogen atom has same frequency as that of n=6 ...
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Quantum mechanics electron probability [closed]

Schrödinger's equation yields us the solutions of 90% probability of presence of electrons in orbitals. Hence, the electrons in theory should be able to exist elsewhere in space as well. In that case, ...
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Why do subshells and orbitals exist? [closed]

I'm just a curious high school student. Sorry if this sounds dumb. How exactly did the concept of atomic subshells and orbitals come about? And why exactly are there n-1 subshells and 2l+1 orbitals? ...