## ml values for d-orbitals

EmilyC_3D
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### ml values for d-orbitals

Should we memorize the ml values (in terms of how their orbitals are shaped and what letters they correspond to) for d-orbitals? Do you have any tips on how to memorize orbital shapes? Thank you!

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### Re: ml values for d-orbitals

I don't think we need to memorize how d-orbitals look. s and p orbitals are the main ones that we've discussed in lecture, and the homework problems do not require us to draw any orbitals. It is more helpful to understand what n, l, ml, ms are, and how they tell you the state of an electron.

Isabelle Hales 3L
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### Re: ml values for d-orbitals

Hi! I have another question about the ml values. How do we know which sub-orbital the ml value is referring to? For example, if l = 2, we could have ml = 1 or possibly ml = -2, but which specific d-orbitals do those values correspond to?

Shrinidhy Srinivas 3L
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### Re: ml values for d-orbitals

Hi! So, you're correct when you say that the value of l will determine the possible values of ml. However, keep in mind that the value of l determines the orbitals, whereas the value(s) of ml determines the orbitals of the subshell (which is the orientation). You don't actually need to know the shape of each value of ml either. Hope this helps!