Orbital Orientation

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Orbital Orientation

Postby Nancy Le - 1F » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:41 pm

Does only the p orbital have lobes oriented along the x, y, z axes or do the other orbitals have different orientations as well?

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Re: Orbital Orientation

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:37 am

Hi Nancy,

As you said, p orbitals do have orientations on the x, y, and z axis, reflective of the three p orbitals. Because there are 5 d orbitals, there are 5 different orientations for d orbitals. I have included an image below to show each of the five d orbitals. Note for the 7 f orbitals, there are 7 orientations.

Screen shot 2017-10-23 at 10.37.12 AM.png

Hope this helps.

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