Orbitals of Mercury
An AP Physics student from The American School in Japan needs data on
the orbitals of Mercury data needed for a physics experiment - please help
What does he/she need to know about the orbitals? Energies?
What they look like? Which ones are occupied? According to
a table I have, the last question would be answered that
mercury (Hg) has the electronic configuration [Xe]4f14-5d10-6s2
where the Xe represents the closed shell configuration of Xenon.
In order to discuss spectroscopy you would have to know
more about the multi-electron wavefunction, overall spin,
and various possible excited states, which gets very complicated.
There are standard reference books, however, and if I knew
better what you were looking for I might be able to recommend one.
Could the questioner perhaps be asking about
the ORBITS of the PLANET Mercury?
As opposed to: the ORBITALS of atoms of the ELEMENT mercury (Hg).
Any astronomers out there?
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