Orbital and Wavefunction Clarification

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Hannah Lee 2F
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Orbital and Wavefunction Clarification

Postby Hannah Lee 2F » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:07 pm

I'm having trouble conceptually visualizing what an orbital is and how it relates to the wavefunction. Can someone help explain what exactly an orbital is, and how it relates to Schrodinger's wave function equation? To what extent do we need to know the wave function equation on upcoming exams?

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Re: Orbital and Wavefunction Clarification

Postby Verity Lai 2K » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:14 pm

We don't need to know how to use Schrodinger's equation for the exam. As for the orbitals, they show the likelihood that an electron would be present at a certain spot around the nucleus. So for a p-orbital, there is a low chance that there will be an electron near the nucleus but a higher chance the further out you go. The more nodes there are around the atom, the more energy levels that atom has.

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Re: Orbital and Wavefunction Clarification

Postby JOtomo1F » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:19 pm

We don't need to know too much about Schrodinger's Wave Equation, hence why in the syllabus we skip Focus 1D, which talks about this equation.


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