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PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

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Only two electrons can occupy an orbital.

The wave equation is an operator function; operators are symbols which designate a process that will transform one function into another.

When a particle is contained in a very small volume (subatomic), these particles display wavelike properties.

Not all energy levels are possible, i.e. the vibrational energy is quantized and equally spaced.

Because there is interaction between the two electrons in the potential energy term the values cannot be made independent of each other.

The resulting solution gives rise to a series of wave functions which contain quantum numbers which are not independent.

To explain why it is more probable that electrons exist at the nucleus, notice the area is greatest at the center of each peak in wavefunction curves.

It is impossible to simultaneously, with arbitrary precision, to specify the position and momentum of a particle.

In the case or rotational energy states, the lowest energy state is not the most highly populated.

In a three dimensional box it is necessary to define a contour within which the probability of finding the particle is 0.9.

The wave function will only give a probability of the placement of an electron at a given time.

A nodal plane is a plane between two lobes and the probability for finding a particle in the plane is zero.

Sometimes the electron can escape the atom even though its kinetic energy is lower than the potential energy of the positive center.

The most stable configuration has the greatest number or unpaired electrons.

True wavefunctions will be well-behaved: finite, and single valued.

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