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Kelly Kiremidjian 1C
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Postby Kelly Kiremidjian 1C » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:23 pm

I did electron configuration in high school using the 2p61, 2p62, 2p63 model... can someone please explain the x,y,z we are using in this class more clearly? thanks!

Sabrina Dunbar 1I
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Postby Sabrina Dunbar 1I » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:26 pm

The two systems are actually very similar. For example, the p level has the capacity to hold 6 total electrons within it, and more specifically two per subset. There are three subsets within the p orbital, bringing the total amount of electrons tat can fit up to six which is what we would expect. The three subsets are titled x, y and z to be even more specific than the generalized 2p orbital for example.

Wenxin Fan 1J
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Postby Wenxin Fan 1J » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:48 pm

The XYZ system just helps to categorize the different electrons into their respective subsets in the p-orbital.
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Vincent Kim 2I
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Postby Vincent Kim 2I » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:58 pm

You don't necessarily have to think of the p-orbital as XYZ, it's just a label for each of the three orbital subsets. You can simply call them subset 1, subset 2, and subset 3 if you want. It's the same as you learned in high school.

Jordan Foster
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Postby Jordan Foster » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:26 pm

XYZ just represents that there are three pairs of electrons in each shell. Using the XYZ just makes it more clear that the electrons come in pairs rather than a group of six, even though there are six overall in the shell.

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