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I am reading something about quantum numbers, there the author introduce the quantum number by solving Schrodinger equation for Hydrogen atom. It gives me an example when the principal quantum number n=4, there are four different sub-level ##s, p, d, f##. It also depicts the sublevel for them. It is said that for s state which ##\ell=0##, the shape is something like a completely flattened ellipse going through the nucleus. But since ##\ell=0##, there is no angular momentum, the electron is not "orbiting" anything; hence, it must be totally radially so s state is spherically symmetric.

It is quite confusing for me. Since it is said at the beginning it is flatten ellipse but later becomes spherically symmetric.

reference: http://web.pdx.edu/~pmoeck/lectures/312/chapter 7 part 3.doc

page 3 and page 8

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# I Why is the s state spherically symmetric?

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