wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?



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Alexandra Bartolome 2H
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wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?

Postby Alexandra Bartolome 2H » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:29 pm

I am still a bit confused on the concept of wavefunctions. From my understanding, wavefunctions represent the varying positions of particles since they have wave-like properties and do not have precise trajectories. How does this relate to orbitals?

Amanda Lin 2I
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Re: wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?

Postby Amanda Lin 2I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:13 am

Wave functions are the mathematical representation of orbitals.

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Re: wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?

Postby Kayla Maldonado 1C » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:21 am

Due to the fact that orbitals act as waves, a wave function is a mathematical function that shows the wave-like behavior of electron(s) in an atom and the probable location to finding an electron in a specific region around the nucleus of an atom.

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Re: wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?

Postby Aadil Rehan 1D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:44 pm

Simply put, wave functions describe behavior within an orbital.

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Re: wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?

Postby ShreyaKannan1B » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:06 pm

Kayla Maldonado 1A wrote:Due to the fact that orbitals act as waves, a wave function is a mathematical function that shows the wave-like behavior of electron(s) in an atom and the probable location to finding an electron in a specific region around the nucleus of an atom.


Thanks! Shrodinger's eqn has a chance of being on the midterm right?

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Re: wavefunctions & orbitals relationship?

Postby Diana A 2L » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:47 pm

I like to think of it as the probability of a particles quantum state being dependent on the descriptions of each quantum number. A wavefunction is like the possible position, momentum, and spin of an electron combined. It basically defines an orbital of an electron.


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