Worksheet: Electron Spin

In this worksheet, we will practice calculating the difference in potential energy between the spin states of electrons in an atom.

Q1:

What are the possible polar orientations of the spin momentum vector for an electron?

  • Aup 55, down 125
  • Bup 53, down 127
  • Cup 50, down 130
  • Dup 22, down 158
  • Eup 35, down 145

Q2:

A hydrogen atom is placed in an external uniform magnetic field of strength 𝐵=200T. Calculate the wavelength of light produced in a transition from a spin up to a spin down state of the atom.

Q3:

Which of the following is the magnitude of the spin momentum of an electron?

  • A 3 4
  • B 5 2
  • C 3 2
  • D
  • E 1 2

Q4:

A hydrogen atom is placed in an external uniform magnetic field of magnitude 800 T. Calculate the wavelength of light produced in a transition from a spin-up state to a spin-down state of an electron.

Q5:

A ground-state hydrogen atom is placed in a uniform magnetic field and a photon is emitted in the transition from a spin-up to a spin-down state. The wavelength of the photon is 141 μm. What is the strength of the magnetic field?

Q6:

Which of the following are the magnitudes of the resultant spins of the electrons of the elements boron and nitrogen when in the ground state?

  • A 3 2 , 1 5 2
  • B , 3 2
  • C 3 2 , 3 2
  • D 3 2 , 3 3 2
  • E , 1 5 2

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