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Overlapping

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:26 am
by Nikita Patra 3J
Do orbitals overlap? If they do overlap is there double probability of finding electrons in those regions?

Re: Overlapping

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:32 am
by Ramneet Sandhu 3D
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.

Re: Overlapping

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:08 pm
by IScarvie 1E
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

Re: Overlapping

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:27 pm
by Sanjana K - 2F
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.

Re: Overlapping

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:07 pm
by Abigail_Hagen2G
Okay, that makes more sense