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To determine which quantum numbers will correspond to an electron in a 3d orbital, let’s first define the values of first three quantum numbers:
• principal quantum number (n) → energy level in orbitals and its value could be any positive integer starting from 1
• angular momentum quantum number (ℓ) → (l) has to be at least 1 less than n, range of values from 0 up to (n-1) and each number corresponds to a subshell:
An electron in a 3d orbital could have which of the following quantum numbers?
1. n = 3; ℓ = 3; m ℓ = 1
2. n = 3; ℓ = 1; m ℓ = -1
3. n = 3; ℓ= 2; m ℓ = 0
4. n =3; ℓ = 0; m ℓ = 0
5. n = 3; ℓ = 1; m ℓ = 2
6. n = 3; ℓ = 2; m ℓ = -3
7. n = 2; ℓ = 2; m ℓ = 6
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