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Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:55 pm
by sylvie_1D
Hi, throughout this past weeks lecture, the term "nodal plane" was used very frequently to describe the shape and configuration of orbitals, though I am uncertain as to what they are.

Re: Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:09 pm
by Isabel Jabara 1C
A nodal plane is a plane where the probability of finding an electron is zero.

Re: Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:35 pm
by Hannah Lee 1B
Nodal planes are where you won't find any electrons.

Radial nodal planes are spheres that occur as N increases (between s shells, # angular planes = N-L-1)
Angular nodal planes are flat and occur within orbitals (# angular planes = L)

Re: Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 2:58 pm
by Sarai Ventura 1L
A nodal plane is a plane with the probability of finding a electron is zero. The 2s orbital has a nodal shell, whereas the 2pz orbital or 2p orbitals have a nodal plane.

Re: Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:07 pm
by Aryana Nazem 1A
But why can't you find an electron in these planes?

Re: Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:19 pm
by Chem_Mod
It's a result of the solution to the Schrodinger equation.

Re: Nodal Planes- what are they exactly?

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 8:31 pm
by Aryana Nazem 1A
Okay, but for the midterm will we just have to know conceptually what this equation does or will be have to actually use it?