### Radial Distribution Function

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**Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:35 pm**The textbook says the radial distribution function (P) can be used to calculate the probability of finding an electron around the nucleus:

P(r) = r^2 R^2 (r).

How is this equation derived and what do its components (r) (R) mean? And does this equation to apply to any electron in any shell/subshell/orbital?

P(r) = r^2 R^2 (r).

How is this equation derived and what do its components (r) (R) mean? And does this equation to apply to any electron in any shell/subshell/orbital?