Nodal Plane

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TanveerDhaliwal3G
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Nodal Plane

Postby TanveerDhaliwal3G » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:21 pm

What is a nodal plane and what does it mean that the s-orbitals do not have one?

Hannah Romano 4D
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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby Hannah Romano 4D » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:32 pm

Nodal planes are only in the p, d, and f orbitals. They are caused by non-symmetric probability distribution of locating electrons. This probability is determined mathematically. s orbitals do not have nodal planes because they have symmetric probability distribution of electrons about the nucleus (spherical).

Sartaj Bal 1J
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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby Sartaj Bal 1J » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:45 pm

A nodal plane is where there is zero probability of electron density or of finding an electron. The S-orbital has a spherical shape and hence a symmetric electron density distribution so it has no nodal planes.

Matthew Tsai 2H
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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby Matthew Tsai 2H » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:52 pm

A nodal plane is just a planar area in which electrons cannot be located. Due to the spherical shape of the s-orbital, it does not have any.

chrischyu4a
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Re: Nodal Plane

Postby chrischyu4a » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:09 pm

A nodal plane is an area where there is no chance of finding an electron. S orbitals do not have this because they are spherical and don't have any gaps that p,d, and f orbitals possess


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