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Wave Function v. Orbital

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:51 pm
by Venya Vaddi 1L
Are the terms wave function and orbital essentially interchangeable? In other words, do theses two terms refer to the same thing?

Re: Wave Function v. Orbital

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:57 pm
by Aidan Ryan 1B
If I understand this right, a wave function is used to describe how an electron acts inside an atomic orbital.

Re: Wave Function v. Orbital

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:13 pm
by Schuyler_Howell_4D
Also, the orbitals are actually math functions that show the probability of finding an electron in that space (shape).

Re: Wave Function v. Orbital

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:43 pm
by Summer de Vera 2C
Yes, I believe you can use wave function and orbital interchangeably. I remember Lavelle mentioning this (unless I misunderstood what he said).