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Atom can give rise to singlet, doublet, triplet, and quartet states?

  1. Feb 2, 2008 #1
    How do you know if an atom can give rise to singlet, doublet, triplet, and quartet states? I'm having a hard time understanding this
     
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  3. Feb 2, 2008 #2

    malawi_glenn

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    It depends on what you are given.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2008 #3
    well the original question was, for the atoms from H to Ne, which ones can give rise to singlet, doublet, triplet, and quartet states?
     
  5. Feb 3, 2008 #4

    malawi_glenn

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    2S+1, where S is the total intrinsic spin of the electrons right?

    Hunds Rules, then you are done I suppose.

    Are you sure this is not homework/course work question?
     
  6. Feb 3, 2008 #5
    no its not and thanks, I think I got it now
     
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