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The last time I took chemistry was 10th grade, so I am a little lost on the whole orbital concept and the wave function. Can someone give me a simple explanation? If you can me it as simple as possible that would be great.
I believe that the main gist of wavefunctions is that it is a mathematical representing of the wavelike properties of electrons; an orbital is like a valid wavefunction and it is a region where the electron will most likely be found around the nucleus of the atom.
The wave function is a mathematical representation of the wave motion of the electron, which describes the position and state of the electron. Squaring the wave function gives you the probability of finding an electron in a given region. Orbital and wave function mean the same thing, they can be used interchangeably.
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