Symmetry in electron density distribution

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Deepika Pugalenthi 1A
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Symmetry in electron density distribution

Postby Deepika Pugalenthi 1A » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:26 am

What does it mean when the electron-density distribution is symmetrical versus non-symmetrical? Thank you!

ian_haliburton_1f
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Re: Symmetry in electron density distribution

Postby ian_haliburton_1f » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:15 pm

The asymmetry is a way of describing that there are certain spaces in the atom where it would be more likely to find an electron.

MichelleTran 1I
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Re: Symmetry in electron density distribution

Postby MichelleTran 1I » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:28 pm

In symmetrical electron density distribution, the likelihood of finding an electron in any given point within the orbital is relatively the same. In asymmetrical electron density distribution, there are certain areas where it is less likely to find an electron. For example, in the nodal plane, the likelihood of finding an electron is 0, whereas somewhere else in the orbital the likelihood of finding an electron is another certain percentage.

Jordan Lo 2A
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Re: Symmetry in electron density distribution

Postby Jordan Lo 2A » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:02 am

Why are symmetry and nodal planes important in determining electrostatic interactions?


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