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Today in lecture, it was mentioned that p,d, and f -orbitals all have nodal planes. Why do s-orbitals not have nodal planes?
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I think that the points or planes that mark the separation of these lobes are called nodal planes and since s-orbitals have only a single lobe, there is no point of separation in the orbital. Hope this helps!
Fatemah Yacoub 1F
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S orbitals have no nodal planes simply due to their shape. S orbitals are symmetrical and basically look like a sphere. For this reason they have no nodal planes.
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A nodal plane by definition is a plane where the probability of finding an electron is 0. This means there are no planes for the s-orbital where the probability of finding an electron is 0.
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