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Although a hydrogen atom has only one electron, the hydrogen atom possesses a complete set of available orbitals. What purpose do these additional orbitals serve?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The purpose of having additional orbitals in hydrogen atom although it has only one electron should be explained.

Concept Introduction:

Hydrogen atom has discrete energy levels. These are called principal energy levels. Each of these levels is subdivided into sublevels. Principal level 1 consists of one sublevel which is 1s orbital. Number 1 is for the principal energy level and s stands for the sublevel. Principal level 2 consists of 2 sublevels 2s and 2p. Likewise, principal level 3 has three sublevels s, p and d; principal level 4 has four sublevels as s, p, d and f.

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Hydrogen atom has discrete energy levels. These are called principal energy levels. Each of these levels is subdivided into sublevels. Principal level 1 consists of one sublevel which is 1s orbital. Number 1 is for the principal energy level and s stands for the sublevel. Principal level 2 consists of 2 sublevels 2s and 2p

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