Degenerate Orbitals

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Cecilia Jardon 1I
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Degenerate Orbitals

Postby Cecilia Jardon 1I » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:08 pm

How many degenerate 3p orbitals exist? Can someone explain with detail and an example?

Xiangkun Shi 3E
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Re: Degenerate Orbitals

Postby Xiangkun Shi 3E » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:25 pm

There exist 3 degenerate 3p orbitals. No matter for 2p, 3p, or 4p, the answer is always 3 because there only exist 3 p-orbitals at each energy level. And each of the p orbital has the same energy, which means they are degenerate. The degeneracy of d orbitals would be 5 and degeneracy of f orbitals would be 7.


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