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For the P-orbital, we use the subscripts x,y, and z. In class, he said something about how these only work if we explicitly define each level as x, y, and z. Does this mean we can use other symbols instead of these to define the different sets of electrons?
Like the answer above said, I'm pretty sure changing them up would be okay. At the same time however, I think we are trying to imply viewing things in three dimensions in which case the most logical variables to use are x, y, and z as you would for a 3 dimensional set of coordinates.
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