Nodal Planes

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Nodal Planes

Postby akroberts » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:42 pm

What is the difference between orbitals with and without nodal planes? Is it important to know the difference?

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Re: Nodal Planes

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:45 pm

The number of nodal planes increases as the quantum number n increases. This is important to know, because it gives the shape of orbitals: s has no nodal planes, p has one nodal plane, d has two, etc.

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Re: Nodal Planes

Postby megansardina2G » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:47 pm

A nodal plane is an area with zero probability of finding an electron. You should know that the s orbital has 0 nodal planes, the p orbital has 1, the d orbital has 2, and the f orbital has 3. (for planes beyond f, the nodal plane number can be found by n-1).

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Re: Nodal Planes

Postby Angela Cong 3C » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:53 pm

Since the nodal plane is a plane, don't the electrons cross over it at one point to the orbital on the other side? I understand that there's zero possibility but in cases of the p orbital where there's two orbital won't the electron have to circulate both?

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