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Grade 12 chemistry homework help -- 2n^2 electrons possible in each energy level

  1. Mar 22, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A classmate says "Since there are 2n^2 electrons possible in each energy level, and the atom with the greatest number of electrons has 118 electrons, that must mean that u is the highest possible value for n, because a value of 7 gives 2n^2 = 98 nad a value of 8 gives 2n^2=128.
    2. Relevant equations

    a) state two problems with this reasoning
    b)How many energy levels are there for a given atom
    3. The attempt at a solution
    So far I said the problem for his reasoning was that the value of n can range from n=1 to n= infinity for a) and for b) I've said that there are an infinite amount of energy levels in an atom.
     
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  3. Mar 22, 2017 #2
  4. Mar 23, 2017 #3

    Borek

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    When I was born element with the highest electron count had only 103 electrons.

    Also, I never had more than $10.000 on my bank account. Does it mean $10.000 is the largest amount of money bank account can hold?
     
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