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Basic conceptual/intuitive question on molecular vibrations and rotations.

  1. May 14, 2010 #1
    Could someone please help me get a very basic intuitive understanding of what rotational and vibrational quantum numbers mean? For simplicity, assume a diatomic molecule. For example, does a higher rotational quantum number mean that the molecule is rotating faster? Is the vibration number a measure of the displacement of the atoms from their internuclear distance as they vibrate?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 15, 2010 #2
    that is their classical analogy yes
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