Orbital Shape

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Orbital Shape

Postby torialmquist1F » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:47 pm

Do we need to know the shape of the different orbitals for the test/ midterm?

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Re: Orbital Shape

Postby RaviAmin1H » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:02 pm

No we do not need to know the shapes because we won't be expected to draw them.

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Re: Orbital Shape

Postby AnuPanneerselvam1H » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:12 pm

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.

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Re: Orbital Shape

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:55 pm

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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