Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321809246
ISBN 13: 978-0-32180-924-7

Chapter 8 - Sections 8.1-8.9 - Exercises - Review Questions: 13

Answer

The Pauli exclusion principle states that no two electrons in an atom can have the same set of four quantum numbers. Since two electrons occupying the same orbital have three identical quantum numbers, they must have different spin quantum numbers.

Work Step by Step

The Pauli exclusion principle implies that each orbital can have a maximum of only two electrons, with opposing spins.
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