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Magnetism and Electron spin

  1. Jul 19, 2012 #1
    From what I've learned atoms with unpaired electrons are paramagnetic and those without are diamagnetic. Strontium has electron configuration of [Kr] 5s^2 so why is it paramagnetic?
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  3. Jul 20, 2012 #2


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    Where did you get the information about para- / diamagnetism of the elements from. Are you sure they refer to isolated atoms (e.g. in the gas phase) and not to the metal? The magnetic properties of metals is a wholely different story.
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