degenerate orbitals

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405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F
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degenerate orbitals

Postby 405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:26 pm

Can someone please review degenerate orbitals?

Yuri Lin 4H
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Re: degenerate orbitals

Postby Yuri Lin 4H » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:34 pm

Degenerate orbitals are just orbitals with the same energy. So for a p orbital, px py and pz are all degenerate. The significance of all of this is degenerate orbitals fill evenly per Aufbau's principle, so there should be one electron in every degenerate orbital before there are two.

Sydney Pell 2E
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Re: degenerate orbitals

Postby Sydney Pell 2E » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:34 pm

Also, how do you find the number of degenerate orbitals an atom has?

Dan M -3E
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Re: degenerate orbitals

Postby Dan M -3E » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:36 pm

It's based off of which subshell the electron is in. For s, there is only one orbital. In p, there are three degenerate orbitals (px,py,pz). In d there are 5 and in f there are 7.


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