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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I am kinda rusty at my quantum, but I cannot figure out the coupling b/t ortho and para hydrogen forms. My quantum book doesn't discuss it and I really confused with the notation and superficial treatment I see on Wikipedia and other sites.

http://www.york.ac.uk/res/sbd/parahydrogen/outline.html

I understand why ortho is a triplet state b/c they are three orientations of the total spin [tex]m_{I}={1,0,-1}.[/tex] Yet, what are these alpha's and beta's on the site? Is the wave functions... both spin up, both spin down, and a linear combination of the two?. Then, for the para form, there's no difference if it is spin up down or down up, so they just take a linear combination and it's a singlet state?

http://www.york.ac.uk/res/sbd/parahydrogen/outline.html

I understand why ortho is a triplet state b/c they are three orientations of the total spin [tex]m_{I}={1,0,-1}.[/tex] Yet, what are these alpha's and beta's on the site? Is the wave functions... both spin up, both spin down, and a linear combination of the two?. Then, for the para form, there's no difference if it is spin up down or down up, so they just take a linear combination and it's a singlet state?