## orbitals

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### orbitals

when would we need to draw the s,p,d, or f orbitals? & why do we need to know the planes?

Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C
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### Re: orbitals

I believe we don't have to draw the orbitals at all for this class.

For the planes, I would say just know that the s-orbital is the only orbital without any nodal planes since it has a symmetric electron p distribution. All of the other orbitals have nodal planes (areas with 0 probability of electron distribution) that can be located at the atom's nucleus.

Ashley Tran 2I
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### Re: orbitals

We will not need to draw the orbitals. Planes refers to the axes the orbitals can be oriented. This shows how for s we can only have 1 (one orientation for a spherical shape) so one orbital in 2 subshell. While p we have three (xy/xz/yz) so there are 3 orbitals in the p subshell. And the patterns continues with d and f orbitals.

Victoria Li 1L
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### Re: orbitals

I don't think we need to know the orbital shapes/planes in detail enough to be able to draw them out. I agree with Brian said though - just remember that s orbitals don't have a node while the other orbitals do. That would probably be it though.

Megan Vu 1J
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### Re: orbitals

We do not need to know the orbital shapes / planes to draw them out. You would only need to know the descriptions of each rather than actual pictures planned out. For s, it contains a spherical shape, while p has two lobes on each side of the nucleus with a nodal plane. The d orbital has 3 with 4 lobes of e- p located n xy-yz-zx planes. Although we are not using f orbitals, it contains more complicated shapes with 7 f orbitals.
One thing that you need to know for certain is that s orbital is the only one that has symmetric e- p distribution.

Mandeep Garcha 2H
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### Re: orbitals

I believe my TA said that we do not need to be too concerned with drawing the different orbitals, but I am still familiarizing myself with them just in case.