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Symmetry in electron density distribution

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:26 am
by Deepika Pugalenthi 1A
What does it mean when the electron-density distribution is symmetrical versus non-symmetrical? Thank you!

Re: Symmetry in electron density distribution

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:15 pm
by ian_haliburton_1f
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.

Re: Symmetry in electron density distribution

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:28 pm
by MichelleTran 1I
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.

Re: Symmetry in electron density distribution

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:02 am
by Jordan Lo 2A
Why are symmetry and nodal planes important in determining electrostatic interactions?