quantum number

noun

Definition of quantum number

: any of a set of numbers that indicate the magnitude of various discrete quantities (such as electric charge) of a particle or system and that serve to define its state

Examples of quantum number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Middle Sister prattled on about how an atom having six principal quantum numbers can yield several emission lines, or some such. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of quantum number

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quantum number was in 1902

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“Quantum number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantum%20number. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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