Wave functions



1-D:

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Timmy Nguyen Dis 1I
Posts: 107
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 am

Wave functions

Postby Timmy Nguyen Dis 1I » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:26 pm

Hey just asking what the wave functions represent exactly, and will we have to know actual numeric values for the functions?

Sjeffrey_1C
Posts: 108
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby Sjeffrey_1C » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:27 pm

A wave function I believe gives you specific info regarding the wave's properties.

Tiffany_Chen 2K
Posts: 106
Joined: Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:15 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby Tiffany_Chen 2K » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:36 pm

Timmy Nguyen Dis 3F wrote:Hey just asking what the wave functions represent exactly, and will we have to know actual numeric values for the functions?


They represent a mathematical probability of finding electrons. Just know that the (wave function)^2 gives you a positive graph, with peaks being places with high electron density, and the zeros being low electron density.

Alexandra Bartolome 2H
Posts: 102
Joined: Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby Alexandra Bartolome 2H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:07 am

Wave functions represent the probability of finding the position of an electron in an atom. They are used to describe an electron, which has wavelike properties and indeterminate momentum/position, in an atom.

chari_maya 3B
Posts: 108
Joined: Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:18 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby chari_maya 3B » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:55 pm

what is the relationship between wave functions and orbital shapes?

Timmy Nguyen Dis 1I
Posts: 107
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby Timmy Nguyen Dis 1I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:16 pm

Alexandra Bartolome 4D wrote:Wave functions represent the probability of finding the position of an electron in an atom. They are used to describe an electron, which has wavelike properties and indeterminate momentum/position, in an atom.


Ah ok. What happens if they're negative, though?

PriscillaLi_3G
Posts: 63
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:30 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby PriscillaLi_3G » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:15 am

So is the wave function related to the quantum numbers n, l, and ml?

Sartaj Bal 1J
Posts: 101
Joined: Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby Sartaj Bal 1J » Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:16 am

To express the wave function in three dimensions, the three quantum numbers (n, m, and ml) need to be used. This is known as the atomic orbital, or the region of space where the electron is located.

Rebekah Alfred 1J
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:15 am
Been upvoted: 1 time

Re: Wave functions

Postby Rebekah Alfred 1J » Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:14 pm

Sartaj Bal 3H wrote:To express the wave function in three dimensions, the three quantum numbers (n, m, and ml) need to be used. This is known as the atomic orbital, or the region of space where the electron is located.
These atomic orbitals are mathematical functions that describe the behavior of the electrons.

Noah Canio 3C
Posts: 55
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:20 am

Re: Wave functions

Postby Noah Canio 3C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:48 pm

Wave functions represent the mathematical likelihoods of finding an electron in an atom. The orbital shapes, like the s or p, can be described as "solutions" to those mathematical functions (wave functions).


Return to “*Shrodinger Equation”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests