Spin Quantum Number: Definition & Example


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What are the two possible numbers for the spin quantum number, ms?

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1. Which of these electron configurations indicate that the atom is paramagnetic?

2. What is the correct value of ms for the last electron entering the orbitals?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet will ask questions requiring you to apply your knowledge of how to find a spin quantum number and determine the magnetism of an atom.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will ask you to use your knowledge of the fourth quantum number to identify:

  • The two possible values of the spin quantum number
  • The ms value of a given electron
  • Whether an atom is paramagnetic or diamagnetic

Skills Practiced

These are some skills you will practice with these assessments:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related quantum number lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - know the difference between major topics from the lesson, such as diamagnetic and paramagnetic
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the spin quantum number
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the correct ms value for a given atom

Additional Learning

See the accompanying lesson called Spin Quantum Number: Definition & Example to learn more about the fourth quantum number, including:

  • The definition of spin quantum number
  • Electron orbitals
  • Electron spins and magnetism
  • How to determine the spin quantum number