In this problem, we are asked to find the number of orbitals that would exist in an alternate universe in which the possible values of l are the integer values from 0 to n (instead of 0 to n - 1), where n=2.
The angular momentum quantum number (l), also known as the azimuthal quantum number, tells us the shape of the electron orbitals.
- It uses the variable l with a formula of n-1.
The magnetic quantum number (ml) deals with the orientation of the orbital in the space around the nucleus.
- It is a range of the previous quantum number: -l to +l.
To solve this problem:
Step 1. List the possible values of the angular momentum quantum number.
Step 2. Determine the possible values of the magnetic quantum number.
Step 3. Count the total number of orbitals.