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.

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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!