orbital positions

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Jordan_Wesson_2J
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orbital positions

Postby Jordan_Wesson_2J » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:21 pm

During lecture Dr. Lavelle said that the x,y, and z labels for px,py, and pz were arbitrary but are they arbitrary for d orbital as well?

Shash Khemka 1K
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Re: orbital positions

Postby Shash Khemka 1K » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:53 pm

They should be. The labels for the D-Orbitals are:
xy
yz
zx
x2y2
z2

Parth Mungra
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Re: orbital positions

Postby Parth Mungra » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:54 pm

Yes, but there is more orientations for the d subshell. There are 5: dyz, dxz, dxy, dx^2y^2, dz^2. Once you call one plane x or y or z, make sure you stick with them otherwise your orientations will overlap.
Hope that makes sense


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