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### Structure of Atoms

- Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation which can be described by its energy, wavelength, and frequency.
- The Bohr Model, which gives a simplistic view of photoemission, incorrectly assumed that electrons traveled in fixed, circular orbits around the nucleus.
- The advent of quantum mechanics resulted from the idea that matter has both a wave-particle nature.
- Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that we can never know the exact location of a moving electron.
- Schrodinger helped develop wavefunctions, giving rise to the concept of the atomic orbital.

### Structure of Atoms

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- Intro
- Lesson Overview
- Introduction
- Electromagnetic Radiation
- Electromagnetic Radiation
- Atomic Spectroscopy and The Bohr Model
- Atomic Spectroscopy Cont'd
- Atomic Spectroscopy Cont'd
- The Wave Nature of Matter
- The Wave Nature of Matter
- New School of Thought
- Einstein: Energy
- Hertz and Planck: Photoelectric Effect
- de Broglie: Wavelength of a Moving Particle
- Quantum Mechanics and The Atom
- Quantum Mechanics and The Atom
- The Shapes of Atomic Orbitals
- The Shapes of Atomic Orbitals
- Summary
- Sample Problem 1
- Sample Problem 2

- Intro 0:00
- Lesson Overview 0:07
- Introduction 1:01
- Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment
- Electromagnetic Radiation 2:31
- Radiation
- Three Parameters: Energy, Frequency, and Wavelength
- Electromagnetic Radiation 5:18
- The Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Atomic Spectroscopy and The Bohr Model 7:46
- Wavelengths of Light
- Atomic Spectroscopy Cont'd 9:45
- The Bohr Model
- Atomic Spectroscopy Cont'd 12:21
- The Balmer Series
- Rydberg Equation For Predicting The Wavelengths of Light
- The Wave Nature of Matter 15:11
- The Wave Nature of Matter
- The Wave Nature of Matter 19:10
- New School of Thought
- Einstein: Energy
- Hertz and Planck: Photoelectric Effect
- de Broglie: Wavelength of a Moving Particle
- Quantum Mechanics and The Atom 22:15
- Heisenberg: Uncertainty Principle
- Schrodinger: Wavefunctions
- Quantum Mechanics and The Atom 24:02
- Principle Quantum Number
- Angular Momentum Quantum Number
- Magnetic Quantum Number
- Spin Quantum Number
- The Shapes of Atomic Orbitals 29:15
- Radial Wave Function
- Probability Distribution Function
- The Shapes of Atomic Orbitals 34:02
- 3-Dimensional Space of Wavefunctions
- Summary 35:57
- Sample Problem 1 37:07
- Sample Problem 2 40:23

### General Chemistry Online Course

I. Basic Concepts & Measurement of Chemistry | ||
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Basic Concepts of Chemistry | 16:26 | |

Tools in Quantitative Chemistry | 29:22 | |

II. Atoms, Molecules, and Ions | ||

Atoms, Molecules, and Ions | 52:18 | |

III. Chemical Reactions | ||

Chemical Reactions | 43:24 | |

Chemical Reactions II | 55:40 | |

IV. Stoichiometry | ||

Stoichiometry I | 42:10 | |

Stoichiometry II | 42:38 | |

V. Thermochemistry | ||

Energy & Chemical Reactions | 55:28 | |

VI. Quantum Theory of Atoms | ||

Structure of Atoms | 42:33 | |

VII. Electron Configurations and Periodicity | ||

Periodic Trends | 38:50 | |

VIII. Molecular Geometry & Bonding Theory | ||

Bonding & Molecular Structure | 52:39 | |

Advanced Bonding Theories | 1:11:41 | |

IX. Gases, Solids, & Liquids | ||

Gases | 35:06 | |

Intermolecular Forces & Liquids | 33:47 | |

The Chemistry of Solids | 25:13 | |

X. Solutions, Rates of Reaction, & Equilibrium | ||

Solutions & Their Behavior | 38:06 | |

Chemical Kinetics | 37:45 | |

Principles of Chemical Equilibrium | 34:09 | |

XI. Acids & Bases Chemistry | ||

Acid-Base Chemistry | 43:44 | |

Applications of Aqueous Equilibria | 55:26 | |

XII. Thermodynamics & Electrochemistry | ||

Entropy & Free Energy | 36:13 | |

Electrochemistry | 41:16 | |

XIII. Transition Elements & Coordination Compounds | ||

The Chemistry of The Transition Metals | 39:03 | |

XIV. Nuclear Chemistry | ||

Nuclear Chemistry | 16:39 |

### Transcription: Structure of Atoms

*Hi, welcome back to Educator.com.*0000

*Today's lecture in general chemistry is going to be the structure of the atom.*0002

*Here is the lesson overview; we are first going to do a brief introduction.*0009

*Followed by the introduction, we are going to talk about something we call electromagnetic radiation.*0015

*Then we are going to get into the early model of the atom which was called the Bohr model.*0021

*We are then going to discuss what is called the wave nature of matter.*0027

*The core of this chapter is the currently accepted theory for the structure of the atom.*0034

*That is going to be what is called quantum mechanics.*0041

*One implication of quantum mechanics is that we get to visualize what are called atomic orbitals.*0045

*After that, we will go ahead and summarize, followed by a few sample problems.*0055

*Here is our introductory slide.*0063

*From previous lectures, we have talked about Earnest Rutherford's gold foil experiment.*0066

*If you recall, Rutherford was able to find that neutrons and protons existed inside the nucleus while electrons existed outside the nucleus.*0072

*That was a very important finding because we were able to come up with a positively charged center that is very dense.*0086

*Every atom has it, which we call the nucleus.*0095

*But then some questions immediately arose.*0098

*If electrons are outside the nucleus and protons are inside the nucleus, why don't they collide with each other?*0103

*Why don't electrons collide with protons and crash into the nucleus because opposite charges attract?*0111

*If this collision occurred, then the atom should itself collapse.*0119

*As you see, this structure of the atom was almost paradoxical.*0126

*It is a very good theory; but why doesn't the atom collapse?*0140

*At the time, there wasn't really anything that could explain for this paradox.*0144

*Before we get into more detail, we now have to discuss the electron and its relationship with light.*0153

*The light that we see as humans is a form of energy, what we call electromagnetic radiation.*0166

*Radiation can be pretty much characterized by three parameters.*0174

*Energy which we are going to symbolize with capital E.*0178

*Frequency which is going to be symbolized with the Greek symbol nu(ν).*0181

*Finally wave length which is going to be symbolized with the Greek symbol lambda(λ).*0186

*Energy, we have talked about energy before.*0191

*This is going to be usually in units of joules.*0194

*Frequency, it is like the frequency on your radio.*0197

*That is going to be in the units of hertz.*0200

*Hertz is the same thing as reciprocal seconds.*0203

*Finally wavelength, this is going to be usually in meters or nanometers.*0207

*Basically if we have a travelling wave, you can think of a sine or a cosine function.*0218

*We have a traveling wave.*0224

*The wavelength is just the distance between two adjacent peaks or two adjacent troughs.*0226

*Frequency is the rate at which a wave passes a specific point in time.*0236

*The higher the frequency, really you can think of it as the faster it is passing that same point in time.*0244

*What is the mathematical relationship between wavelength and light?--it is the following.*0252

*c is equal to λ times ν; it is equal to a constant.*0258

*This constant is something you will recognize; it is the speed of light.*0263

*The speed of light is approximately 3.0 times 10 ^{8} meters per second.*0271

*The important thing from this equation to remember is the proportionality relationship between wavelength and frequency.*0279

*As we see, they are inversely related; inversely proportional.*0287

*In other words, the longer the wavelength, the shorter or smaller the frequency.*0293

*Now that we have been introduced to the three parameters used to characterize electromagnetic radiation, let's now look at the different types of radiation.*0302

*The different types of radiation collectively is what we call the electromagnetic spectrum.*0312

*You will find this in any beginning physics course and general chemistry course.*0320

*Probably you have encountered this some time or another.*0326

*On the left side of the spectrum is what we have, the long wavelength value; this is long λ.*0333

*Remember because λ is inversely related to frequency, this means that this is small frequencies.*0343

*Another important relationship is the following; that energy is directly related to frequency.*0353

*Long λ, small frequency, also means small energy.*0361

*Right off the left end here is going to be the radio waves,*0370

*the same radio waves that we listen, that we use to listen to music, etc.*0374

*After radio waves is going to be microwaves; after microwaves is going to be infrared.*0380

*What infrared is, it is abbreviated IR; it is pretty much...*0387

*You can think of infrared as any type of heat that you feel coming from a warm object.*0390

*Then we get into the visible region.*0397

*This is the visible region that you and I as humans see.*0400

*As you can see, this is in the order of R-O-Y-G-B-I-V.*0403

*The colors of the rainbow are always in that specific order.*0410

*They are literally ordered by their energies.*0413

*In this case, red is going to be the weakest colored light in terms of energy.*0417

*Violet is going to be the greatest colored, the greatest energetic light in the visible region.*0425

*After visible comes ultraviolet; the UV light basically that comes from the sun.*0439

*After UV, we are getting into x-rays.*0446

*You can already tell, these are terms you recognize already from everyday language.*0449

*We are getting indeed more and more energetic.*0454

*Finally we finish it off with gamma rays.*0456

*Gamma rays is the type of energy that can be emitted from a nuclear power plant.*0459

*Now that we have studied the different types of electromagnetic radiation, we want to now try to relate it to the electron.*0468

*In order to do that, I need to now go over with you what happens when light passes through a prism.*0479

*When white light passes through a prism, we have all seen this.*0486

*It is separated into the different colors of the visible spectrum, and we essentially get the rainbow.*0490

*But that is white light; what happens when we do the following?*0497

*When we excite an element vapor, maybe with electricity, it turns out that the light that we see*0501

*as humans is not a rainbow but instead it is going to be specific colors of light.*0510

*In other words, it is different wavelengths unique to the element are emitted.*0515

*Sodium vapor, when it is excited, we get an orange light.*0520

*This is the same light that is used in residential street lamps.*0525

*It is the same color light that you see when hot water touches the blue flame on your stove.*0529

*It is because of sodium ions get excited in the water, giving off the same colored light, orange-yellow.*0535

*Xenon vapor, xenon vapor, sometimes you will see xenon being used in very nice expensive headlights on your car.*0543

*You can recognize that as a nice blue color, purple color.*0555

*The emission of light can be used as a fingerprint identification for elements.*0560

*In other words, different elements give off different colors or emit different colors.*0568

*Different elements give off different colors.*0583

*Why is this so?--why do elements give off different colors?*0587

*In order to do that, we are now going to introduce what was commonly accepted at the time for atom structure.*0591

*This is called the Bohr model of the atom.*0597

*Niels Bohr came up with a model as to why different elements give off different wavelengths of light.*0600

*Essentially you have the nucleus right at the middle.*0608

*You have what are called circular orbits around the nucleus.*0613

*Immediately you will recognize this as analogous to a solar system.*0621

*Not only is this called the Bohr model, this is also called the planetary model of the atom.*0630

*Basically there is a couple of things we want to remember.*0643

*Electrons which we know from Rutherford's experiment exist outside the nucleus.*0646

*They travel in these circular orbits around the nucleus.*0651

*The larger the orbit, the higher the energies.*0657

*Basically the farther out you go, the higher the energy.*0659

*Electrons can instantaneously transfer between orbits, but they cannot exist between.*0664

*They can exist in n equal to 1, n equal to 2, n equal to 3, but not in between.*0672

*Finally how did Bohr explain for light emission?*0679

*Basically energy is always going to be released in the form of light when an electron does the following.*0683

*As it falls from a higher energy to a lower energy level.*0689

*If we look right here, we have an electron going back to the n equal 1 level from equal 2.*0694

*Energy is going to be emitted in the form of light that you and I see.*0704

*We will write this as n equal 2 to a n equal 1 transition.*0711

*Once again energy is released in the form of light as you go from a higher energy to a lower energy level.*0718

*Or as you go from an outer orbit to an inner orbit; outer orbit to an inner orbit.*0724

*Again this is what we call the planetary model of the atom or Bohr's model.*0737

*The first element that we will study is of course going to be the simplest one.*0745

*This was hydrogen.*0748

*When hydrogen in the gas phase is excited, we can go ahead and take a look at the colors of light that are given off.*0750

*The Balmer series is commonly known; here I show it to you.*0756

*It shows four lines, each of a different color, in the visible region.*0763

*The technical term for these fine separate lines is what we call discrete.*0769

*This is what we call the Balmer series or hydrogen's photoemission spectrum.*0776

*Photo, it means light; emission means given off.*0781

*It turns out that we can come up with an equation that actually predicts the wavelength of light that is given off.*0786

*For hydrogen, this equation is what we call the Rydberg equation.*0796

*It is basically 1 over λ is equal to a constant R times the following.*0802

*1 over n _{1} squared minus 1 over n_{2} squared.*0808

*R is what we call the Rydberg constant.*0813

*It is equal to roughly 1.1 times 10 ^{7} reciprocal meters.*0819

*You should probably ask your instructor if you need to memorize this or not.*0823

*λ, this is going to be the wavelength in meters of the light that you and I detect with our eyes.*0827

*This is going to be in meters.*0838

*Again this is the wavelength of light that you and I detect that is given off.*0840

*1 is going to be equal to the initial energy level or orbit.*0846

*n _{2} is going to be equal to the final energy level or the orbit.*0859

*This equation works remarkably well for hydrogen; the interesting to note is the following.*0866

*For this equation to work, the energy level of an orbit can never be equal to zero.*0877

*We cannot take 1 over 0 for example; the important implication is the following.*0884

*Because n can never be 0, electrons cannot exist inside the nucleus.*0890

*We answer the question, why doesn't the atom collapse?*0898

*Because using this mathematical equation, we cannot have an electron existing inside the nucleus.*0902

*Now that we have talked about atomic spectroscopy and photoemission,*0914

*we want to now get into a little more philosophical arguments*0919

*and the early work that has been done in quantum mechanics.*0924

*This is what we call the wave nature of matter.*0929

*Matter which of course includes electrons which traditionally viewed as behaving as particles.*0933

*This is coming from classical physics.*0942

*What we mean by particles, that means we can plot a trajectory.*0949

*We can come up with an equation for it basically.*0954

*The Bohr model came from classical physics.*0957

*It thought of electrons as travelling in these fixed circular trajectories around a nucleus.*0961

*However an interesting finding had occurred.*0969

*When you take a wave and you pass it through a very small slit,*0974

*you can capture the resulting image on a piece of photographic film.*0988

*What happens is you get an alternating pattern.*0996

*The beam is essentially going to split into such a pattern.*1000

*The dark area represents what we call destructive interference.*1012

*The other areas represent constructive interference.*1023

*Again this is all coming from physics.*1028

*Some of you may have had this already in your physics course.*1030

*Basically destructive interference is when two waves essentially cancel each other out.*1035

*Constructive interference is when the waves, their amplitudes are combined.*1046

*This is highly characteristic of any wave.*1057

*You get this alternating pattern between destructive and constructive interference when a wave has passed through a very narrow slit.*1062

*This experiment was then repeated with a beam of electrons.*1073

*When the beam of electrons passes through this very narrow slit, it turns out that you get the same pattern.*1079

*This is a highly interesting because we thought of electrons and matter as only behaving as particles.*1091

*But what this shows, this shows that electrons and therefore matter also has characteristics of a wave.*1101

*Matter has also wave-like characteristics; wave-like character in addition to having particle character too.*1110

*This term was what we call the wave particle duality of nature.*1145

*This early experiment pretty much helped to give rise to a new*1154

*school of thought early in the twentieth century and late nineteenth century.*1160

*Basically the new thought viewed matter as having both a wave and particle duality.*1168

*There were many famous well-known scientists whose names you are going to recognize*1178

*that helped to contribute to this new movement known as quantum mechanics.*1183

*Einstein described energy in what he called photons which were essentially discrete quantized packets of energy.*1189

*In addition to being described as a moving wave, photons he thought were described as tiny packets of energy, something like that.*1207

*Two more scientists were Hertz and Planck.*1217

*Hertz and Planck helped to describe what was called the photoelectric effect.*1220

*Basically when a metal absorbs energy, light can be emitted in the form of photons*1225

*having an energy E is equal to hν minus φ*1232

*where h is equal to Planck's constant and phi(φ) is what we call the threshold energy.*1237

*Basically it is literally the energy required to remove an electron from a metal surface.*1249

*Energy needed for electron removal from a metal surface.*1261

*Another scientist that came along was de Broglie.*1276

*He helped to develop an equation which gave the wave length of a moving particle.*1279

*Here we are finally being able to quantify the wave-like nature of matter.*1283

*Basically the wavelength of a moving particle is equal to λ which is equal to h over mv.*1290

*h is Planck's constant again.*1298

*m is going to be the mass of the particle but in units of kilograms.*1300

*Finally v is just your ordinary velocity in units of meters per second.*1306

*In this case, λ will be in units of meters then.*1314

*Again we were able to early on from these scientists' contributions,*1320

*quantify both the wave character and the particle character of matter.*1327

*Moving on, another important fundamental contribution to quantum mechanics was Heisenberg.*1338

*Heisenberg came along and developed his very groundbreaking what we call uncertainty principle.*1346

*He basically said the following.*1354

*That for a moving electron, we cannot simultaneously ever know both the position and the momentum.*1356

*Both the position and momentum of a moving electron can never be simultaneously known.*1364

*Instead only a probabilistic determination of a moving electron's position can be formulated.*1370

*What does that mean?--that means we can give a pretty good guess or*1376

*estimate of where an electron may be found, where it may occur around a nucleus.*1382

*Finally the next scientist was Schrödinger.*1390

*Schrödinger helped to develop the concept of what was called a wave function.*1394

*What a wave function is, it is a mathematical function that describes the energy of a moving particle with respect to time.*1398

*A wave function then, this is what we also call an atomic orbital.*1407

*An atomic orbital is basically a probability map of where an electron may occur around the nucleus.*1408

*A probability map of electron location around a nucleus.*1427

*Moving on, if we took a look at these wave functions, we will see that they will be somewhat complicated.*1444

*We are going to leave that for a upper division quantum mechanics course.*1452

*But what I want you to take away is the following.*1458

*If we were to solve the wave function and we were to look at these atomic orbitals*1462

*in more detail, the solutions contain what are called quantum numbers.*1469

*Basically there are four quantum numbers.*1474

*Number one is what we call the principal quantum number, n.*1476

*n describes the overall energy of an electron.*1479

*I want you to think back to the Bohr model of the atom.*1484

*We use lowercase n to describe each ring around a nucleus, each orbit.*1486

*It is pretty much the same thing.*1491

*As the energy level increases, so does the n value.*1493

*Please note, n cannot be 0.*1498

*n is only going to be a positive whole number, that is not zero.*1500

*The second quantum number is what we call the angular momentum quantum number.*1506

*This is going to be symbolized with lowercase l.*1513

*This is going to describe the shape of the atomic orbital.*1516

*Where in other words, if we take the wave function, this mathematical equation,*1521

*and we plot it in three-dimensional space, we get an image basically.*1525

*These images... we are going to take a look at it on the next slide... all have very characteristic shapes.*1531

*l, possible values are going to be 0, 1, 2, all the way up to and including n-1.*1539

*If l is equal to 0, the orbital designation is what we call an s orbital.*1550

*Again this is going to make more sense in a slide or two.*1562

*If l is equal to 1, we call the characteristic shape, a p orbital.*1565

*If l is equal to 2, we call the characteristic shape, a d orbital.*1571

*Finally if l is equal to 3, we call the characteristic shape of the wave function in three-dimensional space, an f orbital.*1577

*Moving on, the third quantum number is what we call the magnetic quantum number.*1588

*Magnetic quantum number is going to be symbolized with lowercase m _{l}.*1593

*It describes the spatial orientation of the wave function in three-dimensional space.*1599

*m _{l} will be equal to ?l all the way to 0 and then all the way to +l.*1604

*There is something important to make a note of.*1614

*If l is equal to 0, then m _{l} is just equal to 0.*1618

*l equal to 0 is an s orbital.*1625

*m _{l} is just equal to 0; that is only one value.*1627

*If l is equal to 1, then m _{l} can be equal to -1, 0, +1.*1633

*If l is equal to 2, m _{l} can be equal to -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2.*1641

*Finally if l is equal to 3, we get to -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, and +3.*1650

*The reason why I am bringing this up is going to play a very big role in the next presentation.*1660

*But please make a note.*1665

*s orbitals, if you look at it, there is only one value of m _{l}.*1667

*That means there is only one s orbital per energy level.*1671

*What we are looking at is not the specific values of m _{l}, but the numbers, how many m_{l} values do we have.*1682

*For the p orbitals, -1, 0, 1, which means we are going to have three p orbitals per energy level.*1691

*For the d orbitals, there are five m _{l} values which means we are going to have five d orbitals per energy level.*1702

*Finally f orbitals, there are seven m _{l} values which means we are going to have seven f orbitals per energy level.*1711

*Finally the last quantum number is what we call the spin quantum number.*1723

*The spin quantum number is going to be symbolized with lowercase m _{s}.*1728

*Basically there is only two values, + or ? 1-1/2.*1733

*It describes the relative spin of an electron.*1737

*You can have either spin up or spin down.*1741

*We are going to be using that terminology a lot in the next presentation.*1743

*Those are the four quantum numbers that are used to characterize and describe an atomic orbital for an atom.*1749

*What do these atomic orbitals look like?*1757

*What do the wave functions when they are plotted in three-dimensional space look like?*1760

*There is two ways to go about this.*1767

*The first one is what we call the radio wave function.*1769

*When we do a radio wave function, it is basically describing electron density at different distances from the nucleus.*1776

*When we plot for example what we call a 3s orbital, this is going to be our zero line.*1787

*We are going to get graph that looks like that.*1798

*This zero line means zero electron density.*1803

*When we go ahead and look at a 3p orbital, we are going to get something like this.*1811

*Finally let's go ahead and look at 3d.*1821

*3d is going to go ahead and look like this.*1826

*We need a point of reference in order to compare it.*1830

*Because this is hard for us to look at this overlapped.*1832

*The point of reference is going to be the same on each of these graphs--here, here, and here.*1835

*What the x-axis is is the distance from the nucleus.*1842

*Basically let's examine the s orbital.*1853

*The s orbital tells us that there is quite a high density of electrons very close to the nucleus.*1857

*The p orbital tells us that we also have a good density of electrons close to the nucleus, but it is less than 3s.*1866

*Finally for 3d orbitals, the electron density is farther out from the nucleus.*1875

*This is very important.*1882

*The value of 3 is basically the value of n.*1886

*As you can see, as you go from s to p to d in the same n value,*1891

*basically the electron density is going to be very high farther and farther out.*1903

*In other words, the atomic orbital size is increasing; atomic orbital increases in size.*1908

*That is what we can take away from these radio wave functions.*1922

*Another way of plotting this is what we call the probability distribution function.*1930

*This is basically the probability, not electron density, but probability of finding an electron at a certain distance from the nucleus.*1935

*When we do it for 3s, we are now going to get a graph that looks like this.*1944

*We do it for 3p, we are going to get a graph that looks like that.*1951

*Finally for 3d, we are going to get something that looks like that.*1957

*Once again the y-axis is going to be probability.*1963

*The x-axis again is going to be distance from the nucleus.*1968

*What we want to point out here is the intercepts.*1982

*We want to point out the intercepts here.*1988

*These intercepts literally mean I have gotten zero probability of finding an electron that specific distance from the nucleus.*1991

*These are what we call radial nodes.*2000

*What a node is when we have zero probability at that point from the nucleus.*2005

*As you can see, this 3s orbital has two nodes, 3p has one node, 3d has zero nodes.*2010

*The simple equation predicts the number of radial nodes for the atomic orbital.*2018

*The number of radial nodes equals to n minus l minus 1.*2023

*These are the different ways of plotting wave functions.*2039

*But that is two-dimensional graphs.*2043

*What happens now when we plot it in a three-dimensional space?*2046

*This is what we typically show at this level of general chemistry.*2050

*You may have had this even in high school.*2057

*An s orbital, as you can see, how do you tell?*2062

*There is only m value; m _{l} value.*2067

*An s orbital is basically going to be a sphere.*2070

*A sphere therefore is going to have greatest density right at the center or close to the nucleus.*2078

*For these, we have three m _{l} values; remember we call that p orbitals.*2086

*p orbitals are also known as a dumbbell shape.*2092

*Basically those nodes are right at the middle.*2099

*We have electron density farther from the nucleus, not at the center.*2105

*Next one, here five of the m _{l} values.*2111

*These are there for the d orbitals; again you have nodes at the center.*2117

*Finally you have seven here m _{l} values; these are going to be the f orbitals.*2128

*What I want you to take away from this is that again as you go*2135

*from s to p to d to f, the orbital size increases which means you are going to*2139

*have a higher probability of finding an electron farther away from the nucleus.*2147

*Again these are the characteristic shapes of atomic orbitals.*2154

*Let's go ahead and summarize this presentation on the structure of the atom and quantum mechanics.*2159

*We first started off the presentation with a look at light.*2166

*We saw that light is a form of what we call electromagnetic radiation.*2172

*It can be described by energy, wavelength, and frequency.*2176

*The early model of the atom was the Bohr model or also known as the planetary model.*2181

*It gave a very simplistic view of photoemission which incorrectly assumed that electrons travelled in fixed circular orbits around the nucleus.*2187

*That is where quantum mechanics came in.*2196

*Quantum mechanics resulted from the idea that matter has both a wave particle nature.*2198

*Electrons don't travel in fixed orbits.*2206

*Instead we can only give a probable location of the electron.*2208

*This is coming from Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.*2215

*Finally Schrödinger helped to develop what were called wave functions which gave rise to concept of the atomic orbital.*2219

*Let's go ahead and tackle some sample problems right now.*2227

*The energy required to dislodge electrons from sodium metal via the photoelectric effect is 275 kilojoules per mole.*2231

*What wavelength in nanometers of light has sufficient energy per photon to dislodge an electron from sodium?*2238

*This is 275 kilojoules per mole; that is our energy.*2246

*We need to go from here to wavelength in energy per photon; maybe in kJ per photon.*2258

*Basically we are in kJ per mole right now.*2269

*We want to go to the wavelength of light that has enough energy to dislodge an electron from sodium.*2272

*This wavelength is going to be in meters.*2288

*When we look at 275 kilojoules per mole, we want to go to per photon.*2294

*That is going to be individual particles.*2302

*We are just going to use our Avogadro's number; divided by 6.022 times 10 ^{23} photons.*2304

*That is going to give us 4.57 times 10 ^{-22} kilojoules per photon.*2315

*We want to go from energy to wavelength.*2325

*This is going to be energy is equal to hν.*2330

*ν, this is going to be c over λ.*2337

*This is our Planck's constant equation basically.*2345

*That allows us to go from energy to frequency to wavelength.*2350

*But remember Planck's constant is 6.626 times 10 ^{-34} joules times second.*2354

*Here we are in kilojoules; let's go ahead and get that to regular joules.*2366

*When we do that, we get 4.57 times 10 ^{-19} joules per photon.*2371

*We are in good shape; we can plug everything directly into the equation.*2379

*When we do this first part, we can solve for frequency.*2384

*When we do that, frequency is going to be equal to the energy divided by h.*2391

*That gives us 6.9 times 10 ^{14} reciprocal seconds.*2397

*When we plug that into ν is equal to c over λ, we can go ahead and solve for λ.*2403

*We are going to get a wavelength of 435 nanometers.*2412

*435 nanometers is roughly violet blue light; that is one common sample problem.*2418

*Another sample problem, let's go ahead and look at it.*2427

*An electron in the n equals 6 level of the hydrogen atom relaxes to a lower energy level, emitting 93.8 nanometers of light.*2430

*What is the principal level to which the electron relaxed?*2437

*Relaxed is just a technical word for fall to.*2440

*This is involving the hydrogen atom and light that is emitted.*2448

*We are going to use the Rydberg equation.*2452

*1 over λ is equal to R times 1 over n _{1} squared minus 1 over n_{2} squared.*2455

*The wavelength of light that emitted is 93.8 nanometers, but we need to get that into meters.*2465

*That is going 1 over 9.38 times 10 ^{-8} meters; that equals to R.*2470

*1.097 times 10 ^{7} reciprocal meters times 1 over n_{1} squared.*2478

*The n equal to 6 is n _{1}; that is 6 squared.*2488

*What we are trying to solve for is where the electron fell back to--that is the final energy state.*2493

*When all is said and done, n _{2} is equal to 1.*2499

*How do you know if you have done some miscalculation?*2504

*Remember n can only be a positive whole number.*2506

*If you get a really off number, has a lot of decimal places, you probably did something incorrectly.*2510

*This transition therefore is n equals 6 to n equal to 1.*2521

*It is going to give off a photon with a wavelength of 93.8 nanometers in hydrogen.*2526

*That is the structure of the atom and introduction to quantum mechanics.*2535

*Thank you for using Educator.com; I will see you later.*2539

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Post by Mohsin Alibrahim on July 18 at 11:18:30 PM

All due respect, but you are note are mess and you keep talking like a robot without so much elaboration. The atom is not something you see in your daily life so you can't talk like someone who is reciting bunch of common sense information

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Post by Mahsa Khallaghi zadeh on September 22, 2015

I don't know how to solve this!

A ground state H atom absorbs a photon of wavelenght 104.54nm,and its electrons attain a higher energy level. the atom then emits two photons: one photon of wavelength 235nm to reach an intermediate energy level and the second photon to return to the ground stat.what intermediate level did the electron reach?