orbital concepts

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Posts: 104
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:17 am

orbital concepts

Postby reva_bajjuri » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:04 pm

this is kind of a random question, but are orbitals just regions of space where electrons lie? also are there orbitals after the f orbital that we have not studied or is f the highest one.

Ryan Agcaoili 2E
Posts: 96
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:54 pm

Re: orbital concepts

Postby Ryan Agcaoili 2E » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:07 pm

Orbitals describe the location of where an electron can be found. As of right now, there are more orbitals after f, but we are not required to learn that.

Samantha Pedersen 2K
Posts: 121
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:21 am
Been upvoted: 9 times

Re: orbital concepts

Postby Samantha Pedersen 2K » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:25 pm

Orbitals can also be thought of as the valid solutions/wave functions from Schrodinger's Wave Function Equation. Orbitals describe where electrons are most likely to be found in an atom.

Savana Maxfield 3F
Posts: 157
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:00 pm

Re: orbital concepts

Postby Savana Maxfield 3F » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:36 pm

Orbitals describe the location and wave-like behavior of an electron, which determines the probability of locating an electron in an atom in regions around the nucleus.

Griffin G
Posts: 84
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:50 pm

Re: orbital concepts

Postby Griffin G » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:24 pm

Orbitals are regions of space where it is likely for an electron to be found. This concept is somewhat confusing, because electrons have both wave and particle like properties. So, you can think of orbitals as regions where an electron exists. Also, yes there are more hypothetical orbitals above f, but we aren't required to learn about them in this course.

Liam Bertrand 3
Posts: 82
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:53 pm

Re: orbital concepts

Postby Liam Bertrand 3 » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:28 pm

To add onto everyone else, also as you go higher up in atomic numbers on the periodic table the number of orbitals increases (more electrons) and the letters do as well. There's a specific order and the letters don't always go in order.

Ayesha Aslam-Mir 3C
Posts: 112
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:43 pm

Re: orbital concepts

Postby Ayesha Aslam-Mir 3C » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:41 pm

I was wondering if anyone could clarify how orbitals relate to the wave function in Schrodinger's equation, and how uncertainty plays into that? That's my only personal understanding of the connection between uncertainty and probability of the electrons being within that specific space.

Return to “Wave Functions and s-, p-, d-, f- Orbitals”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests