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Homework Help: Simple question on particle spin

  1. Sep 25, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If i am given a particle whose spin number is 2. does that mean that 5 of these particles can occupy a single energy level?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 26, 2011 #2
    No (if what you mean is that only five can occupy an energy level). A particle with spin number 2 would be a boson (because 2 is an integer) and therefore there would be no limit on the number of such particles occupying a single energy level (the limit arises from Fermi-Dirac statistics).
  4. Sep 26, 2011 #3
    What it means is that the component of its spin vector along a fixed direction can take 5 possible values.
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