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Nikita Patra 3J
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Postby Nikita Patra 3J » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:26 am

Do orbitals overlap? If they do overlap is there double probability of finding electrons in those regions?

Ramneet Sandhu 3D
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Re: Overlapping

Postby Ramneet Sandhu 3D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:32 am

Yes, they are able to overlap. There does not have to be specifically double probability of finding electrons there, but there will be a higher probability.

IScarvie 1E
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Re: Overlapping

Postby IScarvie 1E » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:08 pm

Yes, they do overlap, especially in electrons with more shells further from the nucleus. Like the last responder said, the probability isn't necessarily doubled, but it is influenced by the extra shell

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Re: Overlapping

Postby Sanjana K - 2F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:27 pm

The reason the orbitals overlap more as you move away from the nucleus is because the distance between the shells decreases so as they move closer together, the orbitals overlap more. As a result, the potential energy drops and new electrostatic interactions and bonds between the orbitals form.

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Re: Overlapping

Postby Abigail_Hagen2G » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:07 pm

Okay, that makes more sense

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