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3.1: Electrons in Atoms

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    • Use Coulomb's Law to explain electrostatic potential and bonding
    • Understand the general idea of the quantum mechanical description of electrons in an atom, and that it uses the notion of three-dimensional wave functions, or orbitals, that define the distribution of probability to find an electron in a particular part of space
    • List and describe traits of the four quantum numbers that form the basis for completely specifying the state of an electron in an atom
    • Describe the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom
    • Use the Rydberg equation to calculate energies of light emitted or absorbed by hydrogen atoms