Orbital Question  [ENDORSED]

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Navi Sidhu 1F
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Orbital Question

Postby Navi Sidhu 1F » Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:42 pm

Is it still accurate/appropriate to write (for example, carbon) 1s2 2s2 2p2 instead of what we learned today: 1s2 2s2 2px1 2py1 ?

Emily Wang 1H
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Re: Orbital Question  [ENDORSED]

Postby Emily Wang 1H » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:31 pm

Yes, both notations are correct, it's just that the second one is more specific in that it specifies the orientation of the electrons of the p-orbital.

Derek Lee 2K
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Re: Orbital Question

Postby Derek Lee 2K » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:00 pm

What's the difference between the two? I didn't fully understand. Does it just have to do with the spin or something?

Michael Sparks 2F
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Re: Orbital Question

Postby Michael Sparks 2F » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:25 pm

I think the main difference is just that the version that uses x, y, and z in the notation can give information about the relative axes that the oribals reside on, rather than just telling you that they fall into the p subshells.

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