Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Different between L^2 and L in Hydrogen atom

  1. May 29, 2012 #1
    I'm here got a small question,

    what is the different between L2 and L for the hydrogen atom.

    Do L2 means total angular momentum and L means angular momentum?:confused:

    Given that L2=l(l+1)ℏ2 and L=(√l(l+1))ℏ

    THX :smile:
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 29, 2012 #2

    jtbell

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    L is the (magnitude of the) angular momentum. L2 is the square of L which is more convenient to work with in some mathematical manipulations.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: Different between L^2 and L in Hydrogen atom
  1. About L(L+1) (Replies: 3)

Loading...