(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

a) Enumerate the possible L and S for the [itex]2s2p3p[/itex] configuration.

b) Find the possible L and S for the [itex]2p^23p[/itex] configuration.

2. Relevant equations

[tex]^{2S+1}L_J[/tex]

[tex]S=0 (Singlet)[/tex]

[tex]S=1 (Triplet)[/tex]

3. The attempt at a solution

First of all, doesn't "enumerate" and "find the possible states" mean the same thing? In my previous courses, we've been asked to find all the possible states for a particular atom, like Boron (for ex., Griffiths Problem 5.12 b) which is simple enough, all I do is write down a table and start listing off the possible total angular momenta.

But for part a), we are asked to enumerate [itex]2s2p3p[/itex]. To me this seems like there are three different electrons: the first has n=2,l=0 and the second n=2,l=1, and the third n=3,l=1. How would I go about doing this? I'm just confused that all. Can someone give me a push in the right direction?

Thanks yall

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# Homework Help: Find the possible states

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