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8.4 The Exclusion Principle and the Periodic Table

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  1. Preface
  2. Unit 1. Optics
    1. 1 The Nature of Light
      1. Introduction
      2. 1.1 The Propagation of Light
      3. 1.2 The Law of Reflection
      4. 1.3 Refraction
      5. 1.4 Total Internal Reflection
      6. 1.5 Dispersion
      7. 1.6 Huygens’s Principle
      8. 1.7 Polarization
      9. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
    2. 2 Geometric Optics and Image Formation
      1. Introduction
      2. 2.1 Images Formed by Plane Mirrors
      3. 2.2 Spherical Mirrors
      4. 2.3 Images Formed by Refraction
      5. 2.4 Thin Lenses
      6. 2.5 The Eye
      7. 2.6 The Camera
      8. 2.7 The Simple Magnifier
      9. 2.8 Microscopes and Telescopes
      10. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
    3. 3 Interference
      1. Introduction
      2. 3.1 Young's Double-Slit Interference
      3. 3.2 Mathematics of Interference
      4. 3.3 Multiple-Slit Interference
      5. 3.4 Interference in Thin Films
      6. 3.5 The Michelson Interferometer
      7. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
    4. 4 Diffraction
      1. Introduction
      2. 4.1 Single-Slit Diffraction
      3. 4.2 Intensity in Single-Slit Diffraction
      4. 4.3 Double-Slit Diffraction
      5. 4.4 Diffraction Gratings
      6. 4.5 Circular Apertures and Resolution
      7. 4.6 X-Ray Diffraction
      8. 4.7 Holography
      9. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
  3. Unit 2. Modern Physics
    1. 5 Relativity
      1. Introduction
      2. 5.1 Invariance of Physical Laws
      3. 5.2 Relativity of Simultaneity
      4. 5.3 Time Dilation
      5. 5.4 Length Contraction
      6. 5.5 The Lorentz Transformation
      7. 5.6 Relativistic Velocity Transformation
      8. 5.7 Doppler Effect for Light
      9. 5.8 Relativistic Momentum
      10. 5.9 Relativistic Energy
      11. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
    2. 6 Photons and Matter Waves
      1. Introduction
      2. 6.1 Blackbody Radiation
      3. 6.2 Photoelectric Effect
      4. 6.3 The Compton Effect
      5. 6.4 Bohr’s Model of the Hydrogen Atom
      6. 6.5 De Broglie’s Matter Waves
      7. 6.6 Wave-Particle Duality
      8. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
    3. 7 Quantum Mechanics
      1. Introduction
      2. 7.1 Wave Functions
      3. 7.2 The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
      4. 7.3 The Schrӧdinger Equation
      5. 7.4 The Quantum Particle in a Box
      6. 7.5 The Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
      7. 7.6 The Quantum Tunneling of Particles through Potential Barriers
      8. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
    4. 8 Atomic Structure
      1. Introduction
      2. 8.1 The Hydrogen Atom
      3. 8.2 Orbital Magnetic Dipole Moment of the Electron
      4. 8.3 Electron Spin
      5. 8.4 The Exclusion Principle and the Periodic Table
      6. 8.5 Atomic Spectra and X-rays
      7. 8.6 Lasers
      8. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
    5. 9 Condensed Matter Physics
      1. Introduction
      2. 9.1 Types of Molecular Bonds
      3. 9.2 Molecular Spectra
      4. 9.3 Bonding in Crystalline Solids
      5. 9.4 Free Electron Model of Metals
      6. 9.5 Band Theory of Solids
      7. 9.6 Semiconductors and Doping
      8. 9.7 Semiconductor Devices
      9. 9.8 Superconductivity
      10. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
    6. 10 Nuclear Physics
      1. Introduction
      2. 10.1 Properties of Nuclei
      3. 10.2 Nuclear Binding Energy
      4. 10.3 Radioactive Decay
      5. 10.4 Nuclear Reactions
      6. 10.5 Fission
      7. 10.6 Nuclear Fusion
      8. 10.7 Medical Applications and Biological Effects of Nuclear Radiation
      9. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
    7. 11 Particle Physics and Cosmology
      1. Introduction
      2. 11.1 Introduction to Particle Physics
      3. 11.2 Particle Conservation Laws
      4. 11.3 Quarks
      5. 11.4 Particle Accelerators and Detectors
      6. 11.5 The Standard Model
      7. 11.6 The Big Bang
      8. 11.7 Evolution of the Early Universe
      9. Chapter Review
        1. Key Terms
        2. Key Equations
        3. Summary
        4. Conceptual Questions
        5. Problems
        6. Additional Problems
        7. Challenge Problems
  4. A | Units
  5. B | Conversion Factors
  6. C | Fundamental Constants
  7. D | Astronomical Data
  8. E | Mathematical Formulas
  9. F | Chemistry
  10. G | The Greek Alphabet
  11. Answer Key
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
    11. Chapter 11
  12. Index

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of Pauli’s exclusion principle to an understanding of atomic structure and molecular bonding
  • Explain the structure of the periodic table in terms of the total energy, orbital angular momentum, and spin of individual electrons in an atom
  • Describe the electron configuration of atoms in the periodic table

So far, we have studied only hydrogen, the simplest chemical element. We have found that an electron in the hydrogen atom can be completely specified by five quantum numbers:

n:principal quantum numberl:angular momentum quantum numberm:angular momentum projection quantum numbers:spin quantum numberms:spin projection quantum numbern:principal quantum numberl:angular momentum quantum numberm:angular momentum projection quantum numbers:spin quantum numberms:spin projection quantum number
(8.34)

To construct the ground state of a neutral multi-electron atom, imagine starting with a nucleus of charge Ze (that is, a nucleus of atomic number Z) and then adding Z electrons one by one. Assume that each electron moves in a spherically symmetrical electric field produced by the nucleus and all other electrons of the atom. The assumption is valid because the electrons are distributed randomly around the nucleus and produce an average electric field (and potential) that is spherically symmetrical. The electric potential U(r) for each electron does not follow the simple −1/r−1/r form because of interactions between electrons, but it turns out that we can still label each individual electron state by quantum numbers, (n,l,m,s,ms)(n,l,m,s,ms). (The spin quantum number s is the same for all electrons, so it will not be used in this section.)

The structure and chemical properties of atoms are explained in part by Pauli’s exclusion principle: No two electrons in an atom can have the same values for all four quantum numbers (n,l,m,ms).(n,l,m,ms). This principle is related to two properties of electrons: All electrons are identical (“when you’ve seen one electron, you’ve seen them all”) and they have half-integral spin (s=1/2).(s=1/2). Sample sets of quantum numbers for the electrons in an atom are given in Table 8.5. Consistent with Pauli’s exclusion principle, no two rows of the table have the exact same set of quantum numbers.

n l m msms Subshell symbol No. of electrons: subshell No. of electrons: shell
1 0 0 ½ 1s 2 2
1 0 0 –½
2 0 0 ½ 2s 2 8
2 0 0 –½
2 1 –1 ½ 2p 6
2 1 –1 –½
2 1 0 ½
2 1 0 –½
2 1 1 ½
2 1 1 –½
3 0 0 ½ 3s 2 18
3 0 0 –½
3 1 –1 ½ 3p 6
3 1 –1 –½
3 1 0 ½
3 1 0 –½
3 1 1 ½
3 1 1 –½
3 2 –2 ½ 3d 10
3 2 –2 –½
3 2 –1 ½
3 2 –1 –½
3 2 0 ½
3 2 0 –½
3 2 1 ½
3 2 1 –½
3 2 2 ½
3 2 2 –½
Table 8.5 Electron States of Atoms Because of Pauli’s exclusion principle, no two electrons in an atom have the same set of four quantum numbers.

Electrons with the same principal quantum number n are said to be in the same shell, and those that have the same value of l are said to occupy the same subshell. An electron in the n=1n=1 state of a hydrogen atom is denoted 1s, where the first digit indicates the shell (n=1)(n=1) and the letter indicates the subshell (s,p,d,fcorrespond tol=0,1,2,3).(s,p,d,fcorrespond tol=0,1,2,3). Two electrons in the n=1n=1 state are denoted as 1s2,1s2, where the superscript indicates the number of electrons. An electron in the n=2n=2 state with l=1l=1 is denoted 2p. The combination of two electrons in the n=2n=2 and l=0l=0 state, and three electrons in the n=2n=2 and l=1l=1 state is written as 2s22p3,2s22p3, and so on. This representation of the electron state is called the electron configuration of the atom. The electron configurations for several atoms are given in Table 8.6. Electrons in the outer shell of an atom are called valence electrons. Chemical bonding between atoms in a molecule are explained by the transfer and sharing of valence electrons.

Element Electron Configuration Spin Alignment
H 1s11s1 ()()
He 1s21s2 ()()
Li 1s22s11s22s1 ()()
Be 1s22s21s22s2 ()()
B 1s22s22p11s22s22p1 ()()()()
C 1s22s22p21s22s22p2 ()()()()()()
N 1s22s22p31s22s22p3 ()()()()()()()()
O 1s22s22p41s22s22p4 ()()()()()()()()
F 1s22s22p51s22s22p5 ()()()()()()()()
Ne 1s22s22p61s22s22p6 ()()()()()()()()
Na 1s22s22p63s11s22s22p63s1 ()()
Mg 1s22s22p63s21s22s22p63s2 ()()
Al 1s22s22p63s23p11s22s22p63s23p1 ()()()()
Table 8.6 Electron Configurations of Electrons in an Atom The symbol ()() indicates an unpaired electron in the outer shell, whereas the symbol ()() indicates a pair of spin-up and -down electrons in an outer shell.

The maximum number of electrons in a subshell depends on the value of the angular momentum quantum number, l. For a given a value l, there are 2l+12l+1 orbital angular momentum states. However, each of these states can be filled by two electrons (spin up and down, ). Thus, the maximum number of electrons in a subshell is

N=2(2l+1)=4l+2.N=2(2l+1)=4l+2.
(8.35)

In the 2s (l=0)(l=0) subshell, the maximum number of electrons is 2. In the 2p (l=1l=1) subshell, the maximum number of electrons is 6. Therefore, the total maximum number of electrons in the n=2n=2 shell (including both the l=0l=0 and 1 subshells) is 2+62+6 or 8. In general, the maximum number of electrons in the nth shell is 2n2.2n2.

Example 8.5

Subshells and Totals for n=3n=3 How many subshells are in the n=3n=3 shell? Identify each subshell and calculate the maximum number of electrons that will fill each. Show that the maximum number of electrons that fill an atom is 2n22n2.

Strategy Subshells are determined by the value of l; thus, we first determine which values of l are allowed, and then we apply the equation “maximum number of electrons that can be in a subshell =2(2l+1)=2(2l+1)” to find the number of electrons in each subshell.

Solution Because n=3,n=3, we know that l can be 0, 1, or 2; thus, there are three possible subshells. In standard notation, they are labeled the 3s, 3p, and 3d subshells. We have already seen that two electrons can be in an s state, and six in a p state, but let us use the equation “maximum number of electrons that can be in a subshell =2(2l+1)=2(2l+1)” to calculate the maximum number in each:

3shasl=0;thus,2(2l+1)=2(0+1)=23phasl=1;thus,2(2l+1)=2(2+1)=63dhasl=2;thus,2(2l+1)=2(4+1)=10Total=18(inthen=3shell).3shasl=0;thus,2(2l+1)=2(0+1)=23phasl=1;thus,2(2l+1)=2(2+1)=63dhasl=2;thus,2(2l+1)=2(4+1)=10Total=18(inthen=3shell).

The equation “maximum number of electrons that can be in a shell =2n2=2n2” gives the maximum number in the n=3n=3 shell to be

Maximum number of electrons=2n2=2(3)2=2(9)=18.Maximum number of electrons=2n2=2(3)2=2(9)=18.

Significance The total number of electrons in the three possible subshells is thus the same as the formula 2n22n2. In standard (spectroscopic) notation, a filled n=3n=3 shell is denoted as 3s23p63d103s23p63d10. Shells do not fill in a simple manner. Before the n=3n=3 shell is completely filled, for example, we begin to find electrons in the n=4n=4 shell.

The structure of the periodic table (Figure 8.17) can be understood in terms of shells and subshells, and, ultimately, the total energy, orbital angular momentum, and spin of the electrons in the atom. A detailed discussion of the periodic table is left to a chemistry course—we sketch only its basic features here. In this discussion, we assume that the atoms are electrically neutral; that is, they have the same number of electrons and protons. (Recall that the total number of protons in an atomic nucleus is called the atomic number, Z.)

First, the periodic table is arranged into columns and rows. The table is read left to right and top to bottom in the order of increasing atomic number Z. Atoms that belong to the same column or chemical group share many of the same chemical properties. For example, the Li and Na atoms (in the first column) bond to other atoms in a similar way. The first row of the table corresponds to the 1s (l=0l=0) shell of an atom.

Consider the hypothetical procedure of adding electrons, one by one, to an atom. For hydrogen (H) (upper left), the 1s shell is filled with either a spin up or down electron (oror). This lone electron is easily shared with other atoms, so hydrogen is chemically active. For helium (He) (upper right), the 1s shell is filled with both a spin up and a spin down () electron. This “fills” the 1s shell, so a helium atom tends not to share electrons with other atoms. The helium atom is said to be chemically inactive, inert, or noble; likewise, helium gas is said to be an inert gas or noble gas.

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The Periodic Table of Elements, showing the structure of shells and subshells, is shown. The 18 columns are numbered labeled “Group” and the 7 rows are numbered and labeled “Period.” Groups 1 and 2 are shaded purple. Groups 3 through 12 are shaded yellow. Groups 13 through 18, are shaded red, with the exception of period 1, group 18, which is purple. The period 6 and 7, group 3 boxes are outlined and an arrow points from them to an additional section of two rows and 14 columns that is shaded green. The period 6 group 3 box has an asterisk, which also appears to the left of the first row of the additional section. The period 7 group 3 box has two asterisks, which also appear to the left of the second row of the additional section. Below the table to the left is an enlarged picture of the upper-left most box on the table. The letter “H” is in its upper-left hand corner and is labeled “Symbol.” The number 1 is in its upper-right hand corner and is labeled “Electrons.” In its center the entry “1 s” is labeled “subshell.” The box is shaded purple. Every element has its symbol and electrons indicated in the box. The subshells are indicated as a group for contiguous sections of a row. Beginning at the top left of the table, period 1, group 1, is shaded purple and contains symbol H, electrons 1, subshell 1 s. The only other element box in period 1 is in the last column, group 18, which is shaded purple and contains “H e, 1, 1 s”. Period 2, group 1 contains “L i, 1” Group 2 contains “B e, 2.” Period 2 groups 1 and 2 both have subshell 2 s. Groups 3 through 12 are skipped. Group 13 contains “B, 1.” Group 14 contains “C, 2.” Group 15 contains “N, 3.” Group 16 contains “O, 4.” Group 17 contains “F, 5.” Group 18 contains “N e, 6.” Period 2 group 13 through 18 have subshell 2 p. Period 3, group 1 contains “N a,1.” Group 2 contains “M g, 2.” These two have subshell 3 s. Groups 3 through 12 are skipped again in period 3 and group 13 contains “A l, 1.” Group 14 contains “S I, 2.” Group 15 contains “P, 3.” Group 16 contains “S, 4.” Group 17 contains “C l, 5.” Group 18 contains “A r, 6.” These 6 have subshell 3 p. Period 4, group 1 contains “K, 1.” Group 2 contains “C a, 2.” These two have subshell 4 s. Group 3 contains “S, 1.” Group 4 contains “T i, 2.” Group 5 contains “V, 3.” Group 6 contains “C r, 4.” Group 7 contains “M n, 5.” Group 8 contains “F e, 6.” Group 9 contains “C o, 7.” Group 10 contains “N i, 8.” Group 11 contains “C u, 9.” Group 12 contains “Z n, 10.” These 10 have subshell 3 d. Group 13 contains “G a, 1.” Group 14 contains “G e, 2.” Group 15 contains “A s, 3.” Group 16 contains “S e, 4.” Group 17 contains “B r, 5.” Group 18 contains “K r, 6.” These six have subshell 4 p. Period 5, group 1 contains “R b, 1.” Group 2 contains “S r, 2.” These 2 have subshell 5 s. Group 3 contains “Y, 1.” Group 4 contains “Z r, 2.” Group 5 contains “N b, 3.” Group 6 contains “M o, 4.” Group 7 contains “T c, 5 “R u, 6.” Group 9 contains “R h, 7.” Group 10 contains “P d, 8.” Group 11 contains “A g, 9.” Group 12 contains “C d, 10.” These ten have subshell 4 d. Group 13 contains “I n, 1.” Group 14 contains “S n, 2.” Group 15 contains “S b, 3.” Group 16 contains “T e, 4.” Group 17 contains “I, 5.” Group 18 contains “X e, 6.” These six have subshell 5 p. Period 6, group 1 contains “C s, 1.” Group 2 contains “B a, 2.” These two have subshell 6 s. Group 3 contains “L a, 1,” and has an additional asterisk. Group 4 contains “H f, 2.” Group 5 contains “T a, 3.” Group 6 contains “W, 4.” Group 7 contains “R e, 5.” Group 8 contains “O s, 6.” Group 9 contains “I r, 7.” Group 10 contains “P t, 8.” Group 11 contains “A u, 9.” Group 12 contains “H g, 10.” These 10 have subshell 5 d. Group 13 contains “T l, 1.” Group 14 contains “P b, 2.” Group 15 contains “B i, 3.” Group 16 contains “P o, 4.” Group 17 contains “A t, 5.” Group 18 contains “R n, 6.” These six have subshell 6 p. Period 7, group 1 contains “F r, 1.” Group 2 contains “R a, 2.” These two have subshell 7 s. Group 3 contains “A c, 1,” and has an additional double asterisk. Group 4 contains “R f, 2.” Group 5 contains “D b, 3.” Group 6 contains “S g, 4.” Group 7 contains “B h, 5.” Group 8 contains “H s, 6.” Group 9 contains “M t, 7.” Group 10 contains “D s, 8.” Group 11 contains “R g, 9.” Group 12 contains “C n, 10.” These 10 have subshell 6 d. Group 13 contains “U u t, 1.” Group 14 contains “F l, 2.” Group 15 contains “U u p, 3.” Group 16 contains “L v, 4.” Group 17 is missing. Group 18 contains “U u o, 6.” These five have subshell 7 p. An arrow links the period 6 and 7, group 3 to an additional section with two rows, each with 14 columns. The columns are not numbered. The first row is labeled with an asterisk and all the elements in it have subshell 4 f. The boxes in this row contain, in order: C e, 1, P r, 2, N d, 3, P m, 4, S m, 5, E u, 6, G d, 7, T b, 8, D y, 9, H o, 10, E r, 11, T m, 12, Y b, 13, L u, 14. The second row is labeled with a double asterisk and all the elements in it have subshell 5 f. The boxes in this row contain, in order: T h 1, P a, 2, U, 3, N p, 4, P u, 5, A m, 6, C m, 7, B k, 8, C f, 9, E s, 10, F m, 11, M d, 12, N o, 13, L r, 14.
Figure 8.17 The periodic table of elements, showing the structure of shells and subshells.

The second row corresponds to the 2s and 2p subshells. For lithium (Li) (upper left), the 1s shell is filled with a spin-up and spin-down electron () and the 2s shell is filled with either a spin-up or -down electron (oror). Its electron configuration is therefore 1s22s11s22s1 or [He]2s, where [He] indicates a helium core. Like hydrogen, the lone electron in the outermost shell is easily shared with other atoms. For beryllium (Be), the 2s shell is filled with a spin-up and -down electron (), and has the electron configuration [He]2s22s2.

Next, we look at the right side of the table. For boron (B), the 1s and 2s shells are filled and the 2p (l=1l=1) shell contains either a spin up or down electron (oror). From carbon (C) to neon (N), we the fill the 2p shell. The maximum number of electrons in the 2p shells is 4l+2=4(2)+2=64l+2=4(2)+2=6. For neon (Ne), the 1s shell is filled with a spin-up and spin-down electron (), and the 2p shell is filled with six electrons ()). This “fills” the 1s, 2s, and 2p subshells, so like helium, the neon atom tends not to share electrons with other atoms.

The process of electron filling repeats in the third row. However, beginning in the fourth row, the pattern is broken. The actual order of order of electron filling is given by

1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, 3p, 4s, 3d, 4p, 5s, 4d, 5p, 6s, 4f, 5d, 6p, 7s,...

Notice that the 3d, 4d, 4f, and 5d subshells (in bold) are filled out of order; this occurs because of interactions between electrons in the atom, which so far we have neglected. The transition metals are elements in the gap between the first two columns and the last six columns that contain electrons that fill the d (l=1l=1) subshell. As expected, these atoms are arranged in 4l+2=4(2)+2=104l+2=4(2)+2=10 columns. The structure of the periodic table can be understood in terms of the quantization of the total energy (n), orbital angular momentum (l), and spin (s). The first two columns correspond to the s (l=0(l=0) subshell, the next six columns correspond to the p (l=1l=1) subshell, and the gap between these columns corresponds to the d (l=2l=2) subshell.

The periodic table also gives information on molecular bonding. To see this, consider atoms in the left-most column (the so-called alkali metals including: Li, Na, and K). These atoms contain a single electron in the 2s subshell, which is easily donated to other atoms. In contrast, atoms in the second-to-right column (the halogens: for example, Cl, F, and Br) are relatively stingy in sharing electrons. These atoms would much rather accept an electron, because they are just one electron shy of a filled shell (“of being noble”).

Therefore, if a Na atom is placed in close proximity to a Cl atom, the Na atom freely donates its 2s electron and the Cl atom eagerly accepts it. In the process, the Na atom (originally a neutral charge) becomes positively charged and the Cl (originally a neutral charge) becomes negatively charged. Charged atoms are called ions. In this case, the ions are Na+Na+ and ClCl, where the superscript indicates charge of the ion. The electric (Coulomb) attraction between these atoms forms a NaCl (salt) molecule. A chemical bond between two ions is called an ionic bond. There are many kinds of chemical bonds. For example, in an oxygen molecule O2O2 electrons are equally shared between the atoms. The bonding of oxygen atoms is an example of a covalent bond.

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