# What are quantum numbers used to describe?

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Quantum numbers are used to describe an atom's electron distributions. Particularly, they represent acceptable solutions to Schrodinger's wave equations for the Hydrogen atom (more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger_equation )

There are

The quantum number that indicates the orbital is

and so on.

Think of quantum numbers as forming a map to a certain electron's location, each electron having a distinct set of quantum numbers to describe its position.

For example,