Conceptual Understanding of Wave Function

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Laura WM 3I
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Conceptual Understanding of Wave Function

Postby Laura WM 3I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:12 pm

Are wave functions always describing orbitals? For example, when its a function of (x,y,z) is that the same thing as being a function of (n,l,m)?

Midori Hupfeld 3D
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Re: Conceptual Understanding of Wave Function

Postby Midori Hupfeld 3D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:16 pm

No, wave functions just describe things with wavelike properties. Orbitals are the shells that contain electrons in an atom. n, l, and m are quantum numbers that describe the orbitals whether that's shape or size, etc.

Maya Serota 3G
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Re: Conceptual Understanding of Wave Function

Postby Maya Serota 3G » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:18 pm

To add to that a key concept Dr. Lavelle has pointed out many times is that orbitals are actually mathamatical equations; that will probably be helpful for the midterm.


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