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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What is d-orbital contraction?

I know that this is a very common question but it's important to address because I thought d orbital contraction only had an effect on the effective nuclear charge ($Z_\mathrm{eff}$) but recently I ...
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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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Why ionic radius of H- is so large

The order of ionic radii for halogens: $$\ce{F- < Cl- < Br- < H- < I-}$$ What is the reason for such large ionic radius of hydride ion?
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How to determine which levels correspond to each other in LS coupling and jj-coupling?

In the LS coupling scheme, L, S and J are good quantum numbers; whereas in jj-coupling scheme, j1,j2 and J are good quantum numbers. I have learnt how to get the term symbols for LS coupling, and for ...
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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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How to find the number of electrons present in a particular orbital having specific value of magnetic quantum number

In this question I'm told to find the number of electrons present in nickel having m=0. The answer given is- Assuming that there is only one orbital in 3d subshell that has m=0 value which is 3dz² ...
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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? ...
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Lanthanum Electronic Configuration [duplicate]

Lanthanum has electronic configuration [$\ce{Xe}$] $4\mathrm{f}^0$ $5\mathrm{d}^1$ $6\mathrm{s}^2$. Why is the $4\mathrm f$ sub-shell not filled even though we know that $4\mathrm f$ is filled before $...
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Is Na$^+$ more stable than Na? [duplicate]

I had a question in my textbook:- Na -> Na$^+$ + e$^-$ Cl + e$^-$ -> Cl$^-$ But Na$^+$ and Cl$^-$ have a stable electronic configuration. So, why do they react to form NaCl? So, this is my ...
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Azimuthal Quantum Number and Magnetic Quantum Number

I know that azimuthal quantum numbers and magnetic quantum numbers are used to find the no. of and the orientation of subshells respectively, but why do they have to be called so? I reckon that ...
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How to compare size of subshells?

For the same principal quantum number, on increasing the value of the azimuthal quantum number does the average radius of the subshell increase or decrease? In other words, which out of, say, 3s, 3p, ...
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Are atomic mass unit (amu), unified mass unit (u) and Dalton (Da) the same unit but with different names? [duplicate]

I recently read up on some chemistry and found these units of mass: atomic mass unit (amu) unified atomic mass unit (u) Dalton (Da) Are they all the same unit but just with different names or are ...
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Is the given statement regarding Radial Probability Distribution Function correct or not?

Radial Distribution Function $(4πr^2R^2(r))$ gives the probability of the electron being present at a distance $r$ from the nucleus. Answer: The given statement is correct. My Query: According to me, ...
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Atomic shielding 2s to 1s

How much is the effecting shielding of the 1s electrons from the 2s electrons? . Because the 2s subshell overlaps with the 1s subshell this will cause the 1s electrons to 'feel' less charge than the ...
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Why does the oxides that form change down the alkali metals? [duplicate]

Why does Li2O primarily form when Li has reacted with O2 but the Na2O2 forms for sodium? Moreover, the primary product for the other alkali metals are superoxides instead of oxides and peroxides. How ...
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$\psi$ Represents amplitude of electron wave and $\psi^2$ represents electron density in a given space. How?

The $\psi$ represents amplitude of electron wave. So it's dimension should be $\left[L\right] $. But $\psi^2$ represents density of electrons in a given space. So it's dimension should be $\left[ML^{-...
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The true shape of p orbitals

I'm trying to model $\mathrm{p}$ orbitals using a 3D program. What confuses me is that there are 2 shapes of $\mathrm{p}$ orbitals. I'm not sure which one is the accurate model. And what is the ...
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absorption spectrum of hydrogen atom [closed]

In absorption spectrum of hydrogen atom, only one electron is present in its one atom which is in ground state, so it means that all electrons can only absorb energy of photon of wavelength which lies ...
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Why is atomic orbital one electron wave function? Why distance from centre is proportional to angular wave function?

Consider the following statements: An atomic orbital is one electron wave function $\psi(r,\theta,\varphi)$ obtained from the solution to the Schrödinger equation. There two electrons in an atomic ...
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Magnetic moment of trivalent lanthanide cations

The effective magnetic moment $\mu_{\mathrm{eff}}$ of tripositive rare earth elements, is calculated by $$\mu_{\mathrm{eff}}=g_J\sqrt{J(J+1)}\mu_\mathrm{B}$$ Why can't we use normal formula as $\sqrt{...
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Notation in atomic structure

In the book, The theory of atomic structure and spectra, Robert D. Cowan says that the allowed terms of $p^2$ are $^1S$, $^1D$, $^3P$ and so the possible terms of $p^2 + p\quad$ (obtained by using the ...
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How value of energy of elecron becomes more negative and radius of orbit decreases with increase in the value of atomic number? [closed]

I know how energy of elecron and radius of orbit depends upon principal quantum number......But how it depends upon atomic number?
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Angular Momentum of an orbital and orbit [closed]

While pursuing forth in Atomic Structure, I encountered the following concepts... According to Bohr, the angular momentum of an orbit remains quantized, i.e $\displaystyle mvr = n\hbar .$ But he ...
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What element did Rutherford use to obtain alpha particles in his experiment of gold foil? [closed]

What element did Rutherford use to obtain alpha particles in his experiment of gold foil?
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Conversion factor for chemical to physical scale of atomic masses

Before the 1960s chemists and physicists used to have different atomic mass tables. The main difference was that the physicists assigned the $^{16}$O as the O=16 from mass spectrometry. Chemists on ...
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Why does exchange integral 1s2p not vanish for Helium excited state?

I am studying first-order perturbation theory applied to the first excited state of Helium. I am facing the following problem: I understand that the Coulomb integral for all 2p functions will not be $...
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True muonium energy levels [closed]

In a true muniom(muon-antimuon atom) do the energy levels match with that of the hydrogen's? The core is lighter for about 100 times but the muon is 100 times heavier than the electron so it would ...