STUDY GUIDE 5, SELF TEST 2

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1 (a) What is the maximum probability density of an n = 3 electron in retinal? In the figure the oxygen atom adds one p-electron to the p-system, just as a carbo n atom.

(b) At what position in the molecule does this maximum occur?
(c) Near what location in the molecule does an n = 3 electron spend the least amount of time?
(d) What is the probability of finding an n = 3 electron in a region of length 0.0050 nm centred at the tenth carbon atom?
(e) What is the wavelength of the electron in (d)?
(f) Consider a chromophore having ten carbon atoms in its conjugated p-system. What is the probability of finding an n = 3 p-electron somewhere between carbon 1 and carbon 7?

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