what are orbitals?

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Funmi Baruwa
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what are orbitals?

Postby Funmi Baruwa » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:30 pm

I just want to make sure that my understanding of what an orbital is is correct.

An orbital is kind of like a pack of electrons around the nucleus of an atom? Or is it more so one electron's wave?

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Re: what are orbitals?

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:34 pm

An atomic orbital is defined as a region of space in which there is a high probability of finding an electron in an atom. An s-orbital is a spherical region; a p-orbital has two lobes, on opposite sides of the nucleus; a d-orbital typically has four lobes, with the nucleus at the center; an f-orbital has a more complicated arrangement of lobes.

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Re: what are orbitals?

Postby Funmi Baruwa » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:48 pm

Thank you! that makes a lot more sense


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