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Can anyone explain the relation between nodes of a wavefunction and the nodal planes on the orbitals? In particular there is a paragraph in the textbook on page 39 that basically says "each wavefunction has n-1 nodes" and next to that paragraph there is an illustration of the shape of p subshells with a nodal plane between the two parts. Am I using these words all wrong?
A nodal plane is also called a angular node. The number of nodal planes (angular nodes) is l, and by subtracting the number of nodes (n−1) by the number of nodal planes you can get the number of radial nodes (nodal surfaces), which is n−l−1
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