Problem: If an atom has an electron in the n = 4 state with ml = 2, what are the possible values of l?

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• Principal Quantum Number (n): deals with the size and energy of the atomic orbital

The possible values for n are 1 to ∞.

• Angular Momentum Quantum Number (l): deals with the shape of the atomic orbital

The possible values for l are 0 to (n – 1).

• Magnetic Quantum Number (ml): deals with the orientation of the atomic orbital in 3D space. 

The possible values for ml is the range of l: –l to +l.


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If an atom has an electron in the n = 4 state with ml = 2, what are the possible values of l?