Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

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Stella Nguyen 1J
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Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

Postby Stella Nguyen 1J » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:34 pm

Hi everyone!

I was wondering if you guys could explain to me how we can determine the number of nodal planes in an orbital? I know that the s orbital has no nodal planes, but how would we know how many nodal planes there will be for the other orbitals?

Thank you so much!

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Re: Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

Postby Chloe Little 3K » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:54 pm

P-orbitals have one nodal plane, and d-orbitals have two nodal planes.

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Re: Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

Postby Mikayla James 2A » Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:07 pm

Hi! In a review session this week, one of the TA's mentioned that the calculation for the number of nodal planes is [n(principal quantum #)-1]. They also said that they expected that we would only need to know about nodes for the s and p, so for s its 0 and for p its 1. Hope this helps!

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Re: Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

Postby LovepreetSran_3H » Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:11 pm

s-orbitals have 0 nodal planes, p-orbitals have 1 nodal plane, d-orbitals have 2 nodal planes, and f-orbitals have 3 nodal planes.

Brandon Carris
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Re: Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

Postby Brandon Carris » Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:57 pm

You must memorize!
s has 0 nodal planes,
p has 1 nodal plane,
d has 2 nodal planes
f has 3 nodal planes.

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Re: Orbitals and Their Nodal Planes

Postby 205323697 » Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:14 am

what doe it actually mean to have a nodal plane?


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