Nodal Plane

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Tracey Tran 3I
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Nodal Plane

Postby Tracey Tran 3I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:11 pm

What is the purpose of a nodal plane and why does s- orbitals not have it but others do?

Sharon Rodriguez 3H
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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby Sharon Rodriguez 3H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:18 pm

A nodal plane is a plane where the probabilty of finding an electron is zero. The s-orbitals do not have one due to the spherical shape, there are no angular nodes possible. Any s-orbital has an angular momentum number, l, of 0.

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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby ThomasNguyen_Dis1H » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:21 pm

It all boils down to the wave function. Nodal planes are planes that divide lobes of electrons. It's the area where the probability of an electron is also zero. Since the s orbital is just one lobe, there's no nodal plane.

Lauren Sanchez 3D
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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby Lauren Sanchez 3D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:46 pm

Does the Nodal Plane represent the graph of the orbital functions?

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