Determining Orbitals Based on Periodic Table

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Caroline Zepecki
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Determining Orbitals Based on Periodic Table

Postby Caroline Zepecki » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:20 am

In class, Dr. Lavelle mentioned that we only really need to be concerned with three of the types of orbitals. Those that correspond with the left of the periodic table, the first row through the middle, and the righthand columns respectively. Is this the case? Also how do we determine which orbitals correspond with different parts of the periodic table?

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Re: Determining Orbitals Based on Periodic Table

Postby Veronica_Lubera_2A » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:12 am

Dr. Lavelle said that we should most be familiar with the s,p, and d orbitals since they contain elements in biological systems. (The elements towards the bottom of the periodic table are toxic and the last ones are even radioactive).

Locations you have to memorize/relatively know placement of:
S orbital is located on the left hand of the periodic table (First two columns, except for helium which is 1s2).
P orbital is on the right hand side (last six columns).
D orbital is in the middle where mostly the metals are located.

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Re: Determining Orbitals Based on Periodic Table

Postby Brooke Yasuda 2J » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:28 am

Yes, there is also the f orbital which is at the very bottom of the periodic table, but for the purposes of our class, we don't need to memorize anything about the f block.

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