nodal/radial planes

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Bruce Chen 2H
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nodal/radial planes

Postby Bruce Chen 2H » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:46 am

Is there a formula we can use to calculate the number of nodal/radial planes?

Andre_Galenchik_2L
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Re: nodal/radial planes

Postby Andre_Galenchik_2L » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:36 pm

For nodal planes I am pretty sure p has 1, and then as you go up each subshell it increases by 2. So d has 3 nodal planes and f has 5 and so on. Is there a difference between nodal and radial planes?

Chase Yonamine 1J
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Re: nodal/radial planes

Postby Chase Yonamine 1J » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:02 pm

To determine the number of nodal planes, we simply must know that in the s orbital there is 0 nodal planes, in the p orbital there is 1 nodal plane, and in the d orbital there are 2 nodal planes. In other words, the number of nodal planes is equal to the value of the angular momentum quantum number, l.

Anmol_cheema_2F
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Re: nodal/radial planes

Postby Anmol_cheema_2F » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:59 pm

The number of nodal/radial planes is equal to the value of l. Therefore, s has 0, p has 1, and d has 2.

Brice McKeown 3D
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Re: nodal/radial planes

Postby Brice McKeown 3D » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:24 pm

Hi, wanted to ask if the wave function equaling zero is basically another way of saying no electrons will be found at that location?

Louise Zhuang
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Re: nodal/radial planes

Postby Louise Zhuang » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:56 pm

Yes, when the wave function passes zero, its probability density(which is its derivative) is also zero, thus making it a nodal plane.


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