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Importance of Nodal Planes

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 12:18 pm
by kendallbottrell
Why are nodal planes important to know? What information do they provide us? Would understanding the shapes help us understand energy levels or orbitals at all?

Re: Importance of Nodal Planes

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 2:25 pm
by Samantha Draghi 1L
Nodal planes show us where the probability of finding an electron is zero. This helps us to understand how the orbitals are configured around these planes which is why there are a set of configurations such as Px, Py, and Pz because the P orbital can only be structured around the plane in which electrons will not be found.