Wave Function v. Orbital

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Venya Vaddi 1L
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Wave Function v. Orbital

Postby Venya Vaddi 1L » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:51 pm

Are the terms wave function and orbital essentially interchangeable? In other words, do theses two terms refer to the same thing?

Aidan Ryan 1B
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Re: Wave Function v. Orbital

Postby Aidan Ryan 1B » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:57 pm

If I understand this right, a wave function is used to describe how an electron acts inside an atomic orbital.

Schuyler_Howell_4D
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Re: Wave Function v. Orbital

Postby Schuyler_Howell_4D » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:13 pm

Also, the orbitals are actually math functions that show the probability of finding an electron in that space (shape).

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Re: Wave Function v. Orbital

Postby Summer de Vera 2C » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:43 pm

Yes, I believe you can use wave function and orbital interchangeably. I remember Lavelle mentioning this (unless I misunderstood what he said).


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