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Homework Help: Electrostatic Effects and Energy Level Splitting

  1. Feb 22, 2010 #1
    Textbook: "Chemistry" by Silberberg. 5th Edition. Page 306

    "Electrostatic effects play a major role in determining the energy states of many-electron atoms."

    Can someone help me understand this statement? "Electrostatic effects" is not in the textbook glossary, and I'm not having luck on Wikipedia or Google.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 23, 2010 #2
    Electrostatic interactions refer to the repulsion/attraction forces of charges (whether they be ions, or dipoles, positive nuclear charges interacting with the electron shells or something I haven't even learned of yet).
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