Questions about orbitals?  [ENDORSED]

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Questions about orbitals?

Postby jonathanshi_1A » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:05 pm

I'm a little confused about the orientation of orbitals. When atoms have more than one shell of, for example p orbitals, does it have the two lobes more than once at the same time?

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Re: Questions about orbitals?  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:29 am

I am not quite sure about the wording of your question.

When atoms have more than one shell (energy level, n) they can have p-orbitals unique to each subshell. Remember that a subshell is an energy level, n designation along with a quantum number l (azimuthal) that together describe a subshell. For example, 2p is the subshell where carbon's valence p-orbital electrons are located. An atom can have multiple orbital types (s, p, d, etc.) in different subshells all occurring together to make up that atom's electron configuration.

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