Pauli's exclusion principle and Uses
The filling of electron into the orbitals of different atoms takes place according to the Aufbau principle, which is based on the Pauli's exclusion principle and the Hund's rule of maximum multiplicity.
The distribution of quantum numbers among the electrons in a given atom is governed by Pauli's Exclusion principle, which states that 'it is impossible for any two electrons in a given atom to have all the four quantum numbers identical' i.e., in an atom, two electrons can have maximum three quantum numbers (n, l and m) the same and the fourth (s) will definitely be having a different value. Thus if s = +1/2 for one electron, s should be equal to -1/2 for the other electron. In other words the two electrons in the same orbital should have opposite spins (-¯).
Uses of the principle
The greatest use of the principle is that it is helpful in determining the maximum number of electrons that a main energy level can have. Let us illustrate this point by considering K and L shells.
K-shell: For this shell n = 1. For n = 1, l = 0 and m = 0. Hence s
can have a value either +1/2 or -1/2. The different values of n, l, m and s given above give the
following two combinations of the four quantum numbers, keeping in view the
exclusion principle. Combination (i) is for one electron and combination (ii)
is for the other electron.
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