(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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We don't need to know the shapes since we will not be asked to draw them, but it helps to be able to visualize them. For example, the p orbitals have nodes, where no electrons will be found (probability density is zero here). The s orbitals do not have any nodes and electron density is more evenly spread out when l=0, compared to when l=1.
Remember, the number of nodes have to do with the energy. This is where visualizing the particle in a box can be useful for understanding how the number of nodes/planes is an indicator of energy of a wavefunction.
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