Atomic Orbitals  [ENDORSED]

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hannabarlow1A
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Atomic Orbitals

Postby hannabarlow1A » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:09 am

Will we need to know about "spherical polar coordinates," which are mentioned in section 2.2 of the textbook?

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Re: Atomic Orbitals  [ENDORSED]

Postby simmoneokamoto3K » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:09 pm

I don't think so, but I think we do need to know the different types of orbitals like s, p, d and f.

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Re: Atomic Orbitals

Postby nicknavejas1B » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:51 pm

Could someone elaborate on Spherical polar coordinates?

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Re: Atomic Orbitals

Postby Blanca Cervantes » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:40 pm

Well, spherical polar coordinates are needed to write down the form of an atomic orbital and to specify the location of each point around the nucleus. Each point is labeled with three coordinates (r, theta, phi).

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Re: Atomic Orbitals

Postby Blanca Cervantes » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:47 pm

This image could help with visualizing the spherical polar coordinates (not from the textbook):

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=ht ... mrc&uact=8

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Re: Atomic Orbitals

Postby Blanca Cervantes » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:59 pm

To answer the initial question, I think we need to understand how the spherical polar coordinates constitute the form of an atomic orbital.


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