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Thread: Electron with spin 1 in GRE????

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    Question 41 of the GRE sample test starts with the following sentence:

    "A 3p electron is found in the 3_P_3/2 energy level of a hydrogen atom."
    [In 3_P_3/2: the 3 is upstairs, and the 3/2 is downstairs]

    I would conclude that S = 1 because the left upstairs index is 2S+1.
    But how can it be if there is only 1 electron (it's hydrogen!)?

    What's going on here?

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    You are right, Yevgeny. I dont understand it either.

    This should not happen in a hydrogen atom.......

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