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1 Lecture 12 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Orbitals Bohr and Einstein demonstrated the particle nature of light.e = hν. De Broglie demonstrated the wavelike properties of particles. λ = h/mv. However, these results only applied to systems with one electron. Attempts to apply these models to more complex atomic systems failed.in 1926, three scientists, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg and Paul Dirac, introduced totally different approaches to the theoretical descriptions of atomic systems. They each developed different mathematical formalisms to describe the behavior of electrons. Eventually, all three formalisms were integrated into quantum or wave mechanics, which revolutionized physics and chemistry. Schrödinger's treatment is the most commonly used. Based on De Broglie's work, Schrödinger reasoned that all matter can be described by a wave function, a mathematical equation which describes wave motion, a differential equation.this is called the Schrödinger wave function and is given the symbol ψ. Each allowed state of the electron has a different wave function. To calculate the energy associated with a particular wave function, a mathematical function, called an operator, is applied to the wave function. In order to calculate energy, the operator Ĥ (Hamiltonian operator) is used. The result is: Ĥψ = Eψ where E is the calculated energy. The mathematics are very complex, and the Schrödinger equation has only been solved exactly for hydrogen. Computers have allowed us to approximate the solution for many other systems. The square of the function, ψ 2, is related to the probability of finding an electron in a region in space, the probability of distribution. (In wave theory, the intensity of light is proportional to the square of the amplitude of the wave). The complete solution of the Schrödinger equation for hydrogen yields a set of wave functions and a set of corresponding energies. The wave functions are called orbitals. Each orbital describes the distribution of electron density in space.shown below, for example, is the probability of finding the electron in a hydrogen atom at a particular distance from the nucleus. Quantum numbers Bohr had a single quantum number, n, to describe the energy levels in hydrogen.the quantum mechanical model uses three quantum numbers, n, l, and m l to describe an orbital. n is the principal quantum number. It is given values of 1, 2, 3,... It determines the overall size of the orbital and energy of the electron. As n increases, the orbitals become larger, and the electron spends more time farther away from the nucleus. The further an electron is from the nucleus, the less tightly bound it becomes. For hydrogen-like systems, the quantum mechanical calculation of energy becomes exactly the same as the equation developed by Bohr. Page 1

2 l is the angular momentum quantum number. It has values of 0, 1, 2,..., (n-1) for any value of n. It determines the shape of the orbital. These are usually designated by letters: l = 0 l = 1 l = 2 l = 3 s p d f Beyond l = 3, the letters continue in alphabetical order (g, h, i,...) m l is the magnetic quantum number. It is given values between l and -l. It determines the orientation of the orbital in space. Orbitals with the same principal quantum number, n, are in the same electron shell. Orbitals with the same principal quantum number, n and the same angular momentum quantum number, l, are in the same subshell. For n = 4, we could determine the allowed subshells and number of orbitals. If n = 4, l = 0, 1, 2, 3 l = 0 = 4s subshell l = 1 = 4p subshell l = 2 = 4d subshell l = 3 = 4f subshell In the 4s subshell, l = 0 so m l = 0 and there is 1 orbital In the 4p subshell, l = 1 so m l = -1, 0, +1 and there are 3 orbitals In the 4d subshell, l = 2 so m l = -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 and there are 5 orbitals In the 4f subshell, l = 3 so m l = -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3 and there are 7 orbitals Could there be 2d orbitals? No. n = 2, so l = 0, 1. l = 0 are s orbitals. l = 1 are p orbitals. For d orbitals, l = 2, and that is not possible when n = 2. Orbital shapes and Energies s orbitals l = 0 Shown below is a plot of the radial probability distribution of the 1s atomic orbital in hydrogen. It shows the probability of finding an electron at distances away from the nucleus.the peak occurs at about nm. Page 2

3 The radial probability distributions for the 2s and 3s atomic orbitals are shown below. Notice that the probability falls to zero at certain distances. These are called nodes, areas where the wave function has zero amplitude. All s orbitals are spherical. The relative sizes of the 1s, 2s and 3 s orbitals are shown below. These figures represent, the boundary surfaces of these orbitals, the volume which contains 90% of the electron density. In cross section, the nodes in the 2 and 3 s orbitals are visible. p orbitals l = 1 The principal quantum number n = 1 can only have l = 0 and no p orbitals. For n = 2, l = 0 and 1, so m l = -1, 0 and 1. These are the three p orbitals. Shown below are the boundary surfaces of the three 2p orbitals, 2p x, 2p y and 2p z. Page 3

4 Except for their differing orientations, these orbitals are identical in shape and energy.the p orbitals of higher principal quantum numbers have similar shapes. d orbitals l = 2 The principal quantum number n = 3 is the first that that can have d orbitals: m l = -2, -1, 0, 1, 2. These are shown below. The different orientations correspond to the different values of m l. All five orbitals have identical energy. The d orbitals for n > 3 have similar shapes. Because of the shapes and orientations of the p and d orbitals, electrons occupying different atomic orbitals are as far apart from each other as possible. This minimizes the electron-electron repulsion. Beyond the d orbitals, there are f and g etc. orbitals. The f orbitals are important in accounting for the behavior of elements bigger than Cerium ( > 58), but their orbital shapes are difficult to represent. The Spin Quantum Number, m s A Dutch physicist, Pieter Zeeman, discovered that the atomic emission spectral lines are split into multiple lines when an electric field is applied. These additional lines cannot be accounted for by just the three quantum numbers, n, l and m l. Two other Dutch physicists, Samuel Goudsmit and George Uhlenbeck, suggested that a fourth quantum number would be necessary to explain these findings. This number takes into account the magnetic properties of electrons. Although electrons do not actually spin, they do possess a magnetic moment, and can exist in one of two states, spin up, or spin down. The quantum numbers associated with this are m s = + ½ and m s = - ½. Wolfgang Pauli, an Austrian physicist, stated that in a given atom, no two electrons can have the same four quantum numbers. This is called the Pauli Exclusion Page 4

5 Principle. Two electrons occupying the same orbital must have different spin states ). ( They are said to be paired electrons. This fourth quantum number is not included in the Schrödinger equation. However, Dirac's treatment predicted the necessity of a fourth quantum number. It is the magnetic moment associated with electron spin that gives all substances their magnetic properties. Substances with all of their electrons paired are slightly repelled by magnetic fields and are said to be diamagnetic. Substances with electrons that haveunpaired spins are attracted to magnetic fieldsand are said to be paramagnetic. Polyelectronic Atoms The Pauli Exclusion Principle is one of the factors in determining the electronic configuration in an atom. Another basic concept is that each electron will occupy the lowest energy state available to it, without violating the Pauli Exclusion Principle. We have already described the size and shape of the atomic orbitals, now we need to look at their energy levels. The closer an electron gets to the nucleus, the stronger the electrostatic attraction, the lower the energy of the system. For the hydrogen atom, this produces the energy levels shown below: The 1s orbital has the electron closest to the nucleus, so it has the lowest energy.the 2s and 2p orbitals have the same energy for hydrogen. They are said to be degenerate energy levels, all the same. The n = 3 orbitals are the next highest in energy, followed by the degenerate n = 4 orbitals. When the electron is held in the 1s orbital, it is said to be in its ground state, its lowest energy state. When the electron is a higher energy orbital, it is said to be in an excited state. The energy diagram for polyelectronic atoms (atoms with more than 1 electron) is more complex. Fortunately, we can describe polyelectronic atoms in terms of orbitals like those calculated for hydrogen.the orbitals have the same names (s, p, d, f, etc.) and shapes. However, the presence of more than one electron greatly changes the energies of the orbitals. This is due t the electron-electron repulsion within a polyelectronic atom and to the fact that an electron at a distance from the nucleus will be screened or shielded from the full nuclear charge by other electrons that are closer to the nucleus.the energy of an electron in a polyelectronic atom generally increases as n increases. But, for a given value of n, the lower the value of l, the lower the energy. This is because of an effect called penetration, the fraction of time that an electron spends close to the nucleus. This can most easily be seen by comparing the probability distribution of a series of orbitals. The radial distribution of the 3s, 3p and 3d orbitals is shown below: Page 5

6 The most probable (highest peak) distance of the electron from the nucleus decreases in going from the 3s to 3p to 3d orbitals. This would imply that the stability of electrons in these three types of orbitals would increase as it gets closer to the nucleus. In fact, this is not the case. What seems to determine the relative energy levels are the two small peaks very close to the nucleus for the 2s orbital (blue), the one small peak for the 3d orbital (orange) and the absence of any peaks near the nucleus for the 3d orbital (green). The penetration effect leads to an ordering of the energy of orbitals within a shell of s < p < d. However, energy levels of different shells can overlap. This leads to an energy level diagram for polyelectronic atoms as shown below. There is actually a handy way to remember this fairly complex order of energy levels.first, make a list of the orbitals, as shown below: 1s 2s 2p 3s 3p 3d 4s 4p 4d 4f 5s 5p 5d 5f 6s 6p 6d 7s 7p Then draw diagonal arrows from right to left and fill the orbitals in that order. Page 6

7 In order, this gives, 1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, 3p, 4s, 3d, 4p, 5s, 4d, 5p, 6s, 4f, 5d, 6p, 7s, 5f, 6d, 7p Electron Configuration The four quantum numbers, n, l, m l and m s completely label an electron is any orbital of an atom.you can think of them as its address. The four quantum numbers for a 1s electron are: n = 1, l = 0, m l = 0, m s = + ½ n = 1, l = 0, m l = 0, m s = - ½ This demonstrates that the 1s orbital can only contain two electrons. It is inconvenient to write them out this way, but there is a shorthand notation for this same information.for hydrogen, which has one electron, which occupies the 1s orbital in its ground state, the information would be given by: 1s 1 For helium with two electrons, the ground state representation would be: 1s 2 Lithium has three electrons. The 1s orbital will be filled with two electrons. The next lowest orbital (see above) is the 2s orbital, which can also hold two electrons. 1s 2 2s 1 Another important rule, Hund's rule, becomes obvious when we explicitly show the distribution of the electrons. 1s 2s 2p x 2p y 2p z 3s 3p 4s H 1s 1 He 1s 2 Li 1s 2 2s 1 Be 1s 2 2s 2 B 1s 2 2s 2 2p 1 C 1s 2 2s 2 2p 2 Page 7

8 N 1s 2 2s 2 2p 3 O 1s 2 2s 2 2p 4 F 1s 2 2s 2 2p 5 Ne 1s 2 2s 2 2p 6 Hund's rule states that the most stable arrangement of electrons in a subshell is the one with the most parallel spins. The effect of this rule is highlighted in red. When we add a second electron to the 2p orbital in carbon, it is added in a different subshell but with the same spin. We don't begin to pair electrons until oxygen, when all of the subshells are already half full. The elements in this list are the representative elements of groups IA-VIIIA. Other members of these groups will have the same valence electron configuration (outermost electrons). Let's look at sodium, with 11 electrons. 1s 2s 2p x 2p y 2p z 3s 3p 4s Na 1s 2 2s 2 2p 6 3s 1 The electron configuration in blue exactly matches the electron configuration of Ne. We have simply added an additional electron in the 3s orbital. Rather than repeat the Ne configuration, Na can be represented as : [Ne] 3s 1. The shorthand notation uses one of the Noble Gases to account for the core electron configuration. Let's do the third row of the Periodic Table this way. This row starts with potassium, K, with 19 electrons. These elements will all have the core electron configuration of argon, Ar, with 18 electrons. Looking at the energy diagram, 18 electrons will fill 1s (2 electrons), 2s (2 electrons), 2p (6 electrons), 3s (2 electrons) and 3p (6 electrons). The next energy level will be 4s, followed by the five 3d orbitals. 4s 3d xz 3d xz 3d xz 3d xz 3d xz 4p x 4p y 4p z 5s, 4d, 5p, 6s, 4f, 5d, 6p, 7s, 5f, 6d, 7p K [Ar] 4s 1 Ca [Ar] 4s 2 Sc [Ar] 4s 2 3d 1 Ti [Ar] 4s 2 3d 2 V [Ar] 4s 2 3d 3 Cr [Ar] 4s 1 3d 5 Mn [Ar] 4s 2 3d 5 Fe [Ar] 4s 2 3d 6 Co [Ar] 4s 2 3d 7 Ni [Ar] 4s 2 3d 8 Cu [Ar] 4s 1 3d 10 Zn [Ar] 4s 2 3d 10 There are unusual electron configurations in chromium and copper (highlighted in red).chromium should have been [Ar] 4s 2 3d 4, but is instead, [Ar] 4s 1 3d 5. The theoretical reason for this is still a bit uncertain, but a convenient answer is to assume that there is a special stability associated withalf-full orbitals. So, there are 5 electrons in the d subshell, and only 1 electron in the s subshell. The same anomolous behavior occurs with copper. We would expect [Ar] 4s 2 3d 9, but instead get [Ar] 4s 1 3d 10. This puts 10 electrons in the d subshell (full) and only 1 electron in the s subshell (half full). Page 8

9 Now we can look at the Chemical consequences of these electron configurations. Page 9

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