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Homework Help: Schrodinger equation

  1. Oct 30, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The solution of the Schrodinger equation for atom depends on four quantum numbers: the principal n, the orbital l, magnetic m1, and the spin Ms
    n = 1, 2, 3, 4, ... (integers)
    l = 0, 1, 2, ... (n-1)
    m1 = -1, -1+1,...0...1-1, 1
    Ms = -1/2, 1/2
    List all possible values of n, l, m1, and ms for n= 0,1,2

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I actually have no clue what the question is asking.. It is exactly how the professor typed it up as.. Can someone help me please?
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  3. Oct 30, 2011 #2
    Can someone give me a hint on how to figure out the solution?
  4. Oct 31, 2011 #3


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    Begin with n=0. What are then the possible values for the other 3 quantum numbers ? Then the same question for n=1, etc.

    EDIT: Sorry, n=1, of course. :D So n=1, what's l equal to ?
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  5. Oct 31, 2011 #4
    How is this in advanced physics?
  6. Oct 31, 2011 #5


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    Moderator's note: I have moved this thread to Introductory Physics. In the future, please post questions of this level in Introductory Physics.

    By the way, there is a problem with n=0. I would start with n=1 instead.
  7. Oct 31, 2011 #6
    Sorry, I'm new to the forum..
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