Difference between orbitals

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Jose Lupian 1C
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Difference between orbitals

Postby Jose Lupian 1C » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:57 pm

I was wondering what distinguishes s, p, d, and f orbitals from each other. Is it their energy levels or something else?

Alesha Vaughn 1E
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Re: Difference between orbitals

Postby Alesha Vaughn 1E » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:59 pm

The number denotes the energy level of the electron in the orbital. The letter refers to the shape of the orbital.

Briana Lopez 4K
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Re: Difference between orbitals

Postby Briana Lopez 4K » Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:37 am

The shapes are... s is a "sphere", p is a "propeller", d is a "daisy" and f is irrelevant right now

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Re: Difference between orbitals

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:17 pm

These orbitals have different ml values.

Daniel Cho Section 1H
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Re: Difference between orbitals

Postby Daniel Cho Section 1H » Wed May 02, 2018 6:08 pm

A helpful tip and very important concept to know is that orbitals can be determined by l. As when l=0, it is the s orbital. And so on until it reaches l=3 being the f orbital.

L 0 =s orbital
1= p orbital
2= d orbital
3= f orbital

I hope this helps. Please correct me if I am wrong in certain places and explanation.

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