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Postby alyssawhite1L » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:40 pm

For the P-orbital, we use the subscripts x,y, and z. In class, he said something about how these only work if we explicitly define each level as x, y, and z. Does this mean we can use other symbols instead of these to define the different sets of electrons?

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Re: P-Orbital

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:11 pm

Yes, you could in theory. However, x, y, and z are the standard labeling conventions for the different p orbitals.

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Re: P-Orbital

Postby Salman Azfar 1K » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:53 pm

Like the answer above said, I'm pretty sure changing them up would be okay. At the same time however, I think we are trying to imply viewing things in three dimensions in which case the most logical variables to use are x, y, and z as you would for a 3 dimensional set of coordinates.

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Re: P-Orbital

Postby Mishta Stanislaus 1H » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:14 pm

Just a reiteration, but yes you could switch those variables. They serve the purpose of showing the orbital is three dimensional.

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Re: P-Orbital

Postby Sarah Brauer » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:09 am

Would we have to know the sub orbitals for d and f?

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Re: P-Orbital

Postby Jasmin Tran 1J » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:18 am

In response to your questions about d and f, I don't think we would have to know the exact ones since there are so many and since they are also harder to draw than the p orbital

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