magnetic quantum number


: 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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