Conceptual understanding of Shrodinger Equation



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Conceptual understanding of Shrodinger Equation

Postby Anya_Holbrook_2k » Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:18 pm

I know that for the midterm we do not have to fully understand how to mathematically apply Schrodinger's equation, but we have to conceptually understand it. Can someone help explain what concepts we need to understand on this topic?

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Re: Conceptual understanding of Shrodinger Equation

Postby Aimee Alvarado 2K » Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:29 pm

Shrodinger's Equation deals with the probability of finding electrons in certain areas of orbitals. For example, the s-orbital is a sphere. When calculating the probability of finding an electron, there will be an equal probability of finding e- anywhere in the s-orbital sphere. However, the p-orbital has two orbital lobes and one node ( meaning an empty space). Because of this, we have a high probability of finding e- in the orbital lobes but have a low probability of finding e- in the node. For the midterm, I think you only have to know conceptually the equation and those two orbitals.


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