magnetic quantum number

noun

: an integer that expresses the component of the quantized angular momentum of an electron, atom, or molecule in the direction of an externally applied magnetic field

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetic quantum number was in 1923

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“Magnetic quantum number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic%20quantum%20number. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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