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Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:43 pm
by Ashley Osorio
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?

Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:04 pm
by AKhanna_3H
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!

Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:47 am
by Joowon Seo 3A
You just have to know that an electron must be in each orbital before there are any paired electrons.

Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:57 am
by Gabriella Bates 2L
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.

Re: Assigning Orbitals to Elements

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:41 pm
by philipraj_1F
I think it is not important to know which specific orbital it is, but that the electron distribution among orbitals is correct.