quantum number


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

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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, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of quantum number

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Quantum number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantum%20number. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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