Assigning Orbitals to Elements

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Ashley Osorio
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Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Postby Ashley Osorio » Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:43 pm

How can we figure out which orbital corresponds to each element? Taking Sulfur, for example, which p orbital (px,py,pz) does it hold and how can we figure it out?

AKhanna_3H
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Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Postby AKhanna_3H » Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:04 pm

My TA said that you do not need to know how to do this. I believe he said there is no way to figure it out just from reading a problem, but he definitely said we would not have to do this on a midterm/test. Hope that helps!

Joowon Seo 3A
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Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Postby Joowon Seo 3A » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:47 am

You just have to know that an electron must be in each orbital before there are any paired electrons.

Gabriella Bates 2L
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Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Postby Gabriella Bates 2L » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:57 am

It doesn’t matter if an electron is in the px, py, or pz orbital, but you must follow Hunds rule and ensure that each orbital is filled before electrons are paired.

philipraj_1F
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Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Postby philipraj_1F » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:41 pm

I think it is not important to know which specific orbital it is, but that the electron distribution among orbitals is correct.


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