Atomic Structure Notes
Subatomic Particles:
Name  Electron  Proton  Neutron 
Symbol  e  p  n 
Approximate relative mass  1/1836  1  1 
Mass in kg  9.109×10^{–31}  1.673×10^{–27}  1.675×10^{–27} 
Mass in amu  5.485×10^{–4}  1.007  1.008 
Charge (coulomb)  1.602×10^{–19}  1.602×10^{–19}  0 
Actual Charge (e.s.u)  4.8 × 10^{–10}  4.8 × 10^{–10}  0 
Atomic Models:
Thomson’s Atomic Model (Plum – pudding model):
Postulate: –Atom is a sphere of positive charge in which number of electrons are embedded.
Limitations: – Could not satisfactorily explain the results of scattering experiment carried out by Rutherford.
Rutherford’s Model:
Postulates:
 Almost all the positive charge and mass of atom is present in its nucleus.
 Electrons revolve around the nucleus in circular orbits.
 There is strong electrostatic attraction between nucleus and electrons
Limitations: – Could not explain stability and electronic structure of atom.
Atomic Terms
Terms  Definition / Explanation 
Atomic Number (Z)  Number of protons or electrons of neutral atom. 
Mass Number (A)  Total number of protons and neutrons in an atom 
Nucleons  Protons and neutrons are present in a nucleus. So, these fundamental particles are collectively known as nucleons 
Isotopes  Atoms of the element with same atomic number but different mass number e.g. _{1}H^{1}, _{1}H^{2}, _{1}H^{3}. 
Isobars  Atoms having the same mass number but different atomic numbers, e.g. _{15}P^{32} and _{16}S^{32} 
Isotones  Atoms having the same number of neutrons but different number of protons or mass number, e.g. _{6}C^{14}, _{8}O^{16}, _{7}N^{15} 
Isoelectronic  Atoms, molecules or ions having same number of electrons e.g. N_{2},CO, CN^{–} 
Nuclear isomers  atoms with the same atomic number
and same mass number but with different radioactive properties. Example of nuclear isomers is Uranium –X (half life 1.4 min) and Uranium –Z (half life 6.7 hours 
Isosters  Molecules having same number of atoms and
also same number of electrons are called isosters. E.g., N_{2} and CO 
Wave
Terms  Explanation 
Wave length (λ)  Distance between two neighbouring troughs or crests. 
Frequency (ν)  Number of times a wave passes through a given point in a medium in one second.
ν = c/λ 
Velocity (c)  The distance travelled by the wave in one second.
c = νλ 
Wave number  Number of wavelengths per cm.

Amplitude (a)  Height of the crest or depth of the trough. Determines the intensity of the beam of light. 
Electromagnetic Waves
Radiations  Wave length (Å) 
Radio waves  3×10^{14} to 3 ×10^{7} 
Micro waves  3×10^{9} to 3 ×10^{6} 
Infrared (IR)  6×10^{6} to 7600 
Visible  7600 to 3800 
Ultra violet (UV)  3800 to 150 
X–rays  150 to 0.1 
Gamma rays  0.1 to 0.01 
Atomic spectrum of hydrogen atom:
Where, R_{H} = Rydberg constant (108978 cm^{1})
n_{1} and n_{2} have integral values as follows
n_{1}  n_{2}  Spectral Series  Spectral region 
1  2,3,4…  Lyman  UV 
2  3,4,5…  Balmer  Visible 
3  4,5,6…  Pascher  IR 
4  5,6,7…  Brackett  IR 
5  6,7,8…  Pfund  IR 
Photoelectric effect:
 Ejection of electrons takes place from the surface of metal when light of suitable frequency fall on it.
 Minimum frequency required for ejection of electron is called threshold frequency (v_{o}).
 Energy of the ejected electrons is directly proportional to the frequency of radiation.
 Number of electrons ejected per second depends on the intensity of radiation.
 hv hv_{o} =1/2m_{e}v^{2}
Planck’s quantum theory:
Substances radiate or absorb energy discontinuously in the form of energy packets
The smallest packet of energy is called quantum. In case of light the quantum is known as photon.
The energy of a quantum is directly proportional to the frequency of the radiation.
E = hv were v is the frequency of radiation and h is Planck’s constant having the value 6.626 × 10^{–27} erg sec or 6.626 × 10^{–34} J sec.
A body can radiate or absorb energy in whole number multiples of quantum hn, 2hν,3hν………..nhν, where n is the positive integer.
Bohr’s atomic model:
Electrons revolve around the nucleus in circular orbits of fixed energy.
Electron revolve only in those orbits whose angular momentum (mvr) is an integral multiple of h/2Π.
Electron absorbs energy in the form of EMR, when it jumps from lower energy level (ground state) to higher energy level (excited state) and viceversa.
Energy absorbed or released in an electron jump, (dE) is given by dE = E_{2} – E_{1} = hν
Energy of stationary state oh hydrogen atom (E_{n}) = R_{H} (1/n^{2})
For an hydrogen like species i.e. He^{+}, Li^{2+} with atomic number Z
Radius of n^{th} orbit (r_{n} ) = 52.9 × n^{2}/z pm
Energy of n^{th} orbit (E_{n}) = 2.18×10^{18}(Z^{2}/n^{2}) = –13.6 ×(Z^{2}/n^{2}) eV = 313.6 ×(Z^{2}/n^{2}) kcal /mole
Velocity of electron (v) = (2.18 ×10^{8} ) z/n cms^{1}
Where n = 1,2,3,4…
Limitations of Bohr’s theory:
 Failed to explain the spectra of atoms having more than one electron.
 Failed to account for the splitting of spectral line source of a spectrum is placed in a strong magnetic or electric field.
 Dual nature of particle and the uncertainty principle was ignored in the Bohr’s atomic model.
de Broglie equation:
λ = h/mv = h/p
Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle:
It is impossible to determine simultaneously, the exact position and exact momentum of an electron.
Quantum Numbers:
Principal quantum number (n):
 It tells the main shell in which the electron resides and the approximate distance of the electron from the nucleus.
 Maximum number of electrons a shell can accommodate is 2n^{2}.
Azimuthal or angular momentum quantum number (l):
 It represents the number of subshells present in the main shell.
 These subsidiary orbits within a shell will be denoted as s,p,d,f…
 This tells the shape of the subshells.
 For a given value of n, there are n possible values of l starting from 0 to (n1)
Value of l  0  1  2  3  4 
Notation of sub shell  s  p  d  f  g 
The magnetic quantum number (m):
 It determines the number of preferred orientations of the electron present in a subshell.
 For a given value of l, there are (2l+1) possible values of m starting from –l to +l.
Value of l  0  1  2  3 
Notation of sub shell  s  p  d  f 
Values of m  0  1,0,1  2,2,0,1,2  3,2,1,0,1,2,3 
The spin quantum number (s)
 It determines the direction of spin of electron in an orbit.
 There are only two possible values for spin quantum number i.e. 1/2 ,+1/2.
Rules for filling of electrons in various orbitals :
Aufbau Principle:
 Electrons are added one by one to the various orbitals in order of their increasing energy starting with the orbital of lowest energy.
 In neutral isolated atom, the lower the value of (n+ l) for an orbital, lower is its energy
 The increasing order of energy of various orbital is : 1s < 2s < 2p < 3s < 3p < 4s < 3d < 4p < 5s < 4d < 5p < 6s < 4f < 5d ..
Pauli’s Exclusion principle :
An orbital can contain a maximum number of two electrons and these two electrons must be of opposite spin.
Hund’s rule of maximum multiplicity :
Electron pairing in p, d and f orbital cannot occur until each orbital of a given subshell contains one electron each or is singly occupied”.
Exceptional Configurations
Stability of half filled and completely filled orbitals
Cu has 29 electrons. Its expected electronic configuration is
1s^{2},^{ }2s^{2},^{ }2p^{6},^{ }3s^{2}, 3p^{6}, 4s^{2},^{ }3d^{9}
But a shift of one electron from lower energy 4s orbital to higher energy 3d orbital will make the distribution of electron symmetrical and hence will impart more stability.
Thus the electronic configuration of Cu is
1s^{2},^{ }2s^{2},^{ }2p^{6},^{ }3s^{2}, 3p^{6}, 4s^{1},^{ }3d^{10}
Fully filled and half filled orbitals are more stable