X,Y,and Z

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Ghadir Seder 1G
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X,Y,and Z

Postby Ghadir Seder 1G » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:05 pm

How do we know when to use the x, y, and z subscripts when doing electron configurations? Does this only apply when you're in the 2p orbital? If the first shell is filled paired and the following two aren't, do you start with the x subscript or skip that one and it would be y?

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Re: X,Y,and Z

Postby Jielena_Bragasin2G » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:24 pm

Hi! This is not an answer, but I would like to add on to the question to ask for someone to explain the planes and the lobes, and how they are incorporated into the orbital notation which I am confused about. Thank you!

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Re: X,Y,and Z

Postby Ethan Lam 4A » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:26 am

I think the x, y, and z subscripts only apply to the p-orbitals for Chemistry 14A purposes. You would use it in the p-orbital to indicate the 3 different places that pairs of electrons can go and the spin of the specific electron.

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Re: X,Y,and Z

Postby Ethan Lam 4A » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:30 am

Jielena_Bragasin_LEC4_DIS4G wrote:Hi! This is not an answer, but I would like to add on to the question to ask for someone to explain the planes and the lobes, and how they are incorporated into the orbital notation which I am confused about. Thank you!


The planes and the lobes are based off the orbitals. The nodal planes are the places where there is no electron density. The lobes are the regions where the electrons can be found. Higher energy orbital levels have more complicated lobes since there are more spots for electrons to fill in.

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Re: X,Y,and Z

Postby 805097738 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:52 am

x, y, and z represent the 3 orbitals in the 2P subshell. these orbitals are filled up in the order of x,y,z for each first electron and then x,y,z again for the next round of electrons.


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