Radial vs Angular Nodes

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Ria Nawathe 1C
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Radial vs Angular Nodes

Postby Ria Nawathe 1C » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:16 pm

What is the difference between radial and angular nodes, and how many do each of the orbitals (s, p, d, f) have?

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Re: Radial vs Angular Nodes

Postby Megan Sparrow 1A » Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:04 pm

Nodes in general are locations where electrons are not present. Therefore, angular nodes are either x, y, and z planes where electrons aren't present while radial nodes are sections of these axes that are closed off to electrons. This website helped explain more of this concept to me.

https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/que ... /8670#8670

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Re: Radial vs Angular Nodes

Postby Rachel Kho Disc 2G » Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:37 pm

You can visualize it on a coordinate plane by thinking that places where the wave crosses the axis is a node. There, you have a zero chance of finding an electron. Radial nodes are spherical and have zero electron density, whereas angular nodes are planar with zero electron density.

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