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## Main Question or Discussion Point

hi all, can anyone help me understanding what is the meaning of the mixing state of 2p and 2s? thanks in advance.

when an electron in n=2 sate in a hydrogen atom, experience a external em field, then the degenerate states split in to 3 classes, which are:

1/sqrt2( 210 + 200 ) with higher energy

2 1 +1 and 2 1 -1 with the same energy as before

1/sqrt( 210 - 200) with lower energy

my question is how to interpretate the upper and lower energy states?

for upper level, i think it as there is a half probability to find the electron in 210 state and half in 200 state. but if i think in terms of this way, then the lower level becomes half probability in 210 state(which contridicts with it can also in uper level) and -1/2 probability in 200 state( wich is obviously wrong).

thanks for any helps.

when an electron in n=2 sate in a hydrogen atom, experience a external em field, then the degenerate states split in to 3 classes, which are:

1/sqrt2( 210 + 200 ) with higher energy

2 1 +1 and 2 1 -1 with the same energy as before

1/sqrt( 210 - 200) with lower energy

my question is how to interpretate the upper and lower energy states?

for upper level, i think it as there is a half probability to find the electron in 210 state and half in 200 state. but if i think in terms of this way, then the lower level becomes half probability in 210 state(which contridicts with it can also in uper level) and -1/2 probability in 200 state( wich is obviously wrong).

thanks for any helps.