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P-Orbital

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:40 pm
by alyssawhite1L
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?

Re: P-Orbital

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:11 pm
by Chem_Mod
Yes, you could in theory. However, x, y, and z are the standard labeling conventions for the different p orbitals.

Re: P-Orbital

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:53 pm
by Salman Azfar 1K
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.

Re: P-Orbital

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:14 pm
by Mishta Stanislaus 1H
Just a reiteration, but yes you could switch those variables. They serve the purpose of showing the orbital is three dimensional.

Re: P-Orbital

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:09 am
by Sarah Brauer
Would we have to know the sub orbitals for d and f?

Re: P-Orbital

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:18 am
by Jasmin Tran 1J
In response to your questions about d and f, I don't think we would have to know the exact ones since there are so many and since they are also harder to draw than the p orbital