Orbitals and Lobes

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Reina Robles 2B
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Orbitals and Lobes

Postby Reina Robles 2B » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:29 pm

Are orbitals the same as lobes? In the textbook and lecture an atom's structure is usually described as shell --> subshell --> orbital, but where do lobes fit into this? Thanks.

Kaitlyn Ang 1J
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Re: Orbitals and Lobes

Postby Kaitlyn Ang 1J » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:38 pm

To my understanding you can think of them the same way, the weird balloon shapes that surround the origin.

Also, I did google "electron orbitals vs lobes" for help answering this problem, and maybe it's because I'm on chem community so much, but the first google search was a post from chem community XD

Jasmine Fendi 1D
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Re: Orbitals and Lobes

Postby Jasmine Fendi 1D » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:42 pm

I think that an orbital is the probability description of where an electron can be found, and the four basic types of orbitals are designated as s, p, d, and f. To my understanding, lobes are more specific areas within the orbitals in which there is a high probability of finding an electron.

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Re: Orbitals and Lobes

Postby Alexa Hernandez 3k » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:51 pm

I believe orbitals is the overall mathematical function while lobe refers to a more specific part within the orbital.

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