# [SOLVED] If ml is 2, what are the possible values for l (for all atoms in their ground states that are known to exist)?

If ml is 2, what are the possible values for l (for all atoms in their ground states that are known to exist)?

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The term values of mL (or ml) define the orbitals found in the sublevel which is defined by L.

For ground state electrons …

if L = 0 (s-sublevel) then mL = 0

if L = 1 (p-sublevel) then mL has values of -1, 0,+1

if L = 2 (d-sublevel) then mL has values of -2, -1, 0, +1, +2

if L = 3 (f-sublevel) then mL has values of -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3

Therefore, if mL = 2 then it could be in the d or f sublevel, so L would be 2 or 3.

m not sure I can answer this question as asked. Theoretically, if ml = 2, then l can be any positive integer greater than or equal to 2.  This is because ml is defined by l. If l = 2, then ml possible values range from -2, -1, 0, 1, 2. If l = 3, then ml possible values range from -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, and so on.

If, however, the question was asking for all possible values of ml if l = 2, then the possible values for ml would be simply -2, -1, 0, 1, or 2.

Hope that helps!

-2, -1, 0 1, 2