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Unformatted text preview: Quantum Numbers - Specifying the electron state Quantum Numbers for Electron Orbital Now it turns out that if you consider an electron trapped inside a sphere (instead of in a one-dimensional box) it will have standing waves that are very similar to an electron bound to a positively charged nucleus by electrostatic attraction. Normally we operate in 4 dimensions (3 space and 1 time dimension), so in general we will need 4 quantum numbers to fully specify an electron state ( i.e. , standing wave). Let's look at the quantum numbers needed to label the possible standing waves or states of an electron trapped by its electrostatic attraction to a positively charged nucleus. For an electron trapped by its electrostatic attraction to positively charged nucleus we use the three following quantum numbers to describe the electron state (orbital)....
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