Diamagnetism & Paramagnetism: Definition & Explanation


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Which of the following is true about paramagnetic atoms?

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1. What is the definition of a diamagnetic atom?

2. Which rule states that electrons will go into empty orbitals of the same energy before entering into an orbital with an electron present?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Atoms behave differently depending or whether they are paramagnetic or diamagnetic. This quiz can help test your understanding of rules and principles that deal with how these types of atoms orbit as well as their magnetic attraction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

By answering the questions on this quiz, you will be able to check what you know about:

  • Paramagnetic and diamagnetic atoms
  • Orbitals
  • The Pauli Exclusion Principle
  • A rule for electrons that go into empty orbitals of the same energy

Skills Practiced

You can use this quiz to assess your ability to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you can draw out the most important points from the related science lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as the behavior of paramagnetic versus diamagnetic atoms
  • Information recall - access what you've learned regarding the orbits of atoms

Additional Learning

Increase your knowledge of these two types of atoms by watching the accompanying lesson titled Diamagnetism & Paramagnetism: Definition & Explanation. You can learn more about the following topics:

  • Differences between diamagnetic and paramagnetic atoms
  • What causes substances to vary in magnetism
  • Electron configurations
  • Laws that govern electrons
  • Orbitals that rotate in different directions