### Atomic Orbitals in Terms of Probability

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**Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:55 pm**Hi! Can someone explain to me Atomic Orbitals in terms of probability? Thank you!

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Posted: **Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:55 pm**

Hi! Can someone explain to me Atomic Orbitals in terms of probability? Thank you!

Posted: **Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:57 pm**

Basically the orbitals just represent that if you are within the orbitals, there is a possibility that you'll find the electron there.

Posted: **Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:04 pm**

Each electron in an atom has a probability function that tells us the probability of finding an electron at a given point within that orbital.

Posted: **Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:34 pm**

I was also wondering what that this subject meant on the Quantum World outline.

Posted: **Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:35 pm**

Claire Stoecklein 1E wrote:Each electron in an atom has a probability function that tells us the probability of finding an electron at a given point within that orbital.

What exactly is the probability function of each electron? Is that the four quantum numbers?

Posted: **Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:41 pm**

This just means that there is a probability that the electron will be following the path of the orbital described in its l value. However, we cannot be 100% accurate in predicting the exact location of an electron as they don't follow rigid paths, which is why we use probability.

Posted: **Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:44 pm**

Do you think we will need to be able to draw the different atomic orbital patterns for the different types?