Nodal plane for s-orbitals?

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anjali41
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Nodal plane for s-orbitals?

Postby anjali41 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:19 pm

Today in lecture, it was mentioned that p,d, and f -orbitals all have nodal planes. Why do s-orbitals not have nodal planes?

LNgo 1G
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Re: Nodal plane for s-orbitals?

Postby LNgo 1G » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:26 pm

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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Re: Nodal plane for s-orbitals?

Postby Fatemah Yacoub 1F » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:42 pm

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.

AKhanna_3H
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Re: Nodal plane for s-orbitals?

Postby AKhanna_3H » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:49 pm

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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