An orbital is a theoretical stable standing waveform shape in which one or two electrons can be found orbiting the nucleus of an atom.

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Molecules from atoms [on hold]

Why do two oxygen atoms combine to form a molecule and not 3 or 4? Also, why does one sodium and one chlorine atom combine to form $\ce{NaCl}$ while two chlorine atoms are required to combine with one ...
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Photoisomerization of Azobenzene

Rotation around the double bond of azobenzene is restricted because it would distort the P orbital overlap between the nitrogen atoms. However, in the $n \rightarrow \pi^*$ excited state ($S_1$), the ...
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Stability of half and fully filled orbitals [duplicate]

1) My textbook tells me that chromium's electronic configuration is $\ce{[Ar]}\space 3d^5 4s^1$ instead of $\ce{[Ar]} \space 3d^4 4s^2$, as fully filled and half filled orbitals have more stability. ...
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What comes after the f orbital? and calculations [duplicate]

What is after the $f$ orbital? as my physical chemistry textbook does not say anything in it and how do they fill etc?
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How many electrons in the d orbitals of NiCl2·6H2O?

On Wikipedia, it says that $\ce{NiCl2·6H2O}$ consists of separated trans-$\ce{[NiCl2(H2O)4]}$ molecules linked more weakly to adjacent water molecules. Only four of the six water molecules in ...
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Bromine with 10 electrons

On a test question, my organic chemistry professor gave us a really big molecule and told us to give list the formal charges on each atom. There was a $\ce{Br}$ with 3 lone pairs and a double bond to ...
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Is one electron spin preferred over the other in filling of orbitals? [duplicate]

When filling an orbital diagram of an atom, usually the up-spin is filled first and then the down-spin. For example, for Nitrogen, we have : But in a model in which up-spin electron is preferred ...
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Trouble understanding 5 orientations of d orbitals

I understand $d_{xy}$ and $d_{yz}$ and those orientations but ones like $d_{z^2}$ are very strange to me. Can someone please explain that to me?
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Orbitals involved in Ni(CO)₄

Which orbitals are filled? Is it diamagnetic? According to CFT, $\ce{CO}$ is a strong field ligand, so will it pair the electrons and be diamagnetic?
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Difference between radial,planar,angular and spherical nodes

What is the difference between them ? I think radial nodes and spherical nodes mean the same. And angular and planar mean the same . Reference And finally how many spherical nodes are ...
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Do core electrons have molecular orbitals?

Valence electrons are associated with molecular orbitals and hybridizations. Do core electrons have molecular/hybridized orbitals, or the original atomic orbitals?
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Order of priority in hybridization of d-orbitals

During hybridization of d-orbitals why the $d_{z^2}$ and $d_{x^2-y^2}$ orbitals are used up before the $d_{xy}$, $d_{yz}$ and $d_{zx}$ ?
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Are the energies of orbitals that are not filled in an atom, equal?

In a hydrogen atom only 1s orbital is filled. Does this mean that the energies of all other orbitals are equal? If so,why?
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Why Bari centre is considered as Zero energy level?

Why the degenerate energy level of d orbitals before forming complex is considered zero? what advantages are there for taking the mean of t2g and eg orbitals as zero?
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What would follow in the series sigma, pi and delta bonds?

I realise, that this question is a stretch, but I was wondering, how would a bonding orbital be called if it was formed from two $f_{x(x^2−3y^2)}$ or $f_{y(3x^2−y^2)}$ orbitals. Have there been any ...
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Hybridization of the oxygen in furan?

I fail to understand why the hybridization of oxygen in furan is $\ce{sp^2}$. I think that since there are 2 bond pairs and two lone pairs so it should be $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridized? Is it to do with the ...
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sp² hybridized orbital

I do not understand why and how an atom with $\ce{sp^2}$ hybridization has only one p orbital?? For example in pyridine why is the lone pair of nitrogen not counted as a pi electron.
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What is an orbital boundary surface?

Could anybody explain the following statement: "The boundary surface is a common way to represent atomic orbitals, incorporating the volume in which there is about a 90 percent probability of finding ...
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Effect of effective nuclear charge increase on the stabilization of 2s and 2p orbitals

Are 2s or 2p orbitals more stabilized when going from left to right in the period? There are good arguments for both possible answers: 1) 2p orbitals are more stabilized because they penetrate less ...
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Is there a general / simple formula for Slater's rules?

I just learned how Slater's rules work on Wikipedia. These rules really are very simple. But the presentation of the rules seemed not very efficient. I would think there would be someway to set up and ...
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Do multielectron atoms have nodes?

For hydrogen, other than in the 1s state, the electron wavefunctions have radial and/or angular nodes where the electron probability density is zero. In helium or further atoms with more than one ...
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Calculating the angular momentum for these orbitals

Here is the question: I got through part a (with 1, -1, 0, and 0), but I'm stuck for part b. I looked up the radial and spherical harmonic wavefunctions for $n, l, m_l$ = 211 ; and I figure since ...
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Why is copper (II) coordination number so big?

Consider tetraaminecopper (II) ion. $\ce{[Cu(NH3)4]++}$ or $\ce{[Cu(NH3)4(H2O)2]++}$ Copper (II) ion has electron configuration $\ce{[Ar] 3d^9}$. How do the 4 electron pairs from ammonia atoms form ...
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Which orbitals of the hydrogen atom are degenerate for n=3?

Here's the link to the picture of the question. The answer says its E. All of them. First of all isn't there only 1 electron in hydrogen? And how could the s orbital be degenerate? Doesn't ...
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Why are sp hybridized carbocations high energy?

You don’t see carbocations on double bonds very much, and here’s a good reason: compared to sp3, there is more s character in the orbitals, so the empty orbital is held more closely to the ...
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Why does symmetry have to be maintained in molecular orbitals?

Using the example of $\ce{XeF4}$: What is the physical explanation enforcing the symmetry of the $\ce{1b_{1g}}$ orbital on the fluorine atoms? Why isn't the symmetry of a nonbonding orbital ...
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Why are d-orbitals required/used for hypervalent molecules (where the central atom has expanded its octet) [duplicate]

Period 2 elements like carbon, oxygen and nitrogen cannot expand their octet because they cannot make use of d orbitals in that energy level (they don't exist). However, period 3 elements like sulfur ...
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why do 2 atomic orbitals form 2 molecular orbitals?

According to molecular orbital theory, two atomic orbitals form two molecular orbitals analogous to waves combining constructively or destructively but how can a wave combine destructively and ...
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Is shielding of electrons really best described as shielding or is it really Coulombic repulsion between electrons?

For example, take the 2s electron in lithium - is the reason that it's ionisation energy is lower than would be expected if "shielding" didn't occur at all because the 1s electrons shield the ...
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What is the usage of orbitals more complex than f orbitals?

Every high school learner, in each corner of the world, faces the lesson History of Atom during his courses, just as I did. We learned about s,p,d and f orbitals, though there were no signs of ...
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About the meaning of the names of f orbitals

Our chemistry teacher encouraged us to study the history and naming of the orbitals on the web. (actually, our textbook did, but that's irrelevant to the problem) I easily could find the reason behind ...
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Determine which orbitals will form hybrids with one another

I've been teaching myself chemistry, so any help is greatly appreciated. I've been reading an online tutorial that claims the two orbitals that merge in Aluminum trihydride are 1 orbital of 2s and 2 ...
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How to explain the effect of hyperconjugation on the stability of alkenes with MO theory?

Hyperconjugation stabilizes carbocations and that makes sense because electrons are given to the empty p orbital. But how does it stabilize alkenes ? Can MOT be used to explain it ?
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Non stationary effects of molecular orbitals

We have been learning a bit about molecular orbitals in class. However, we have always considered things under a quasistatic approximation. What are some effects that can only be explained by not ...
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Why do the d orbitals have these notations?

Why do the d orbitals have the following notations: $xy, yz, xz, z^2$ and $ x^2-y^2$? What do they represent in their wave-functions?
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Why can't the conjugate base of benzoic acid be stabilized by conjugation with the aromatic ring?

All the carbon and oxygen atoms are sp2 hybridised and can have a p orbital in the correct plane yet only conjugation of the COO- group occurs. I can't think why. I can't draw resonance structures for ...
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Properties of f-orbitals

I am not a Chemist, but I took enough undergraduate Chemistry classes to understand the basic properties of s, p and d orbitals and how the behaviour of electrons contributes to different kinds of ...
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Which group does germanium belong to?

$\mathrm{Z= 32}$ $\mathrm{1s^2\ 2s^2p^6\ 3s^2p^6d^{10}\ 4s^2p^2}$ According to me it belongs the $\mathrm{IV\ B}$ group since it has the $\mathrm{d}$ completed, but it belongs to $\mathrm{IV\ A}$. ...
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The “rules” for LCAOs in Molecular Orbital Theory

In our course on physical chemistry, which involves MOT, we have been taught that in the LCAO approach, the wave function for a molecule... say hydrogen ion, can be approximated by a linear ...
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how many electrons are in the second subshell of this element?

first of all sorry if I have some mistakes in my "chemistry words", I'm Iranian and I know the Persian terms but only some of the English ones. So suppose we have an element (x) with the atomic ...
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Why is there an exponent 4 after the brackets in sp3?

My professor wrote an electron configuration for carbon as: 1s2 (sp3)4 I thought it was just 1s2 sp3 where did the 4 come from?
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How does the radial distribution function of Vanadium differ from that of Calcium and how does this affect the ionic electron configurations?

When Vanadium is ionised it loses the 4s electron first, meaning that it's 3+ ion has a different electron configuration to Calcium despite it being isoelectronic. Can it be explained in terms of ...
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Why are all the orbitals that have the same principal number in Hydrogen degenerate?

In hydrogen, all orbitals with the same principal quantum number 'n' (1,2,3...) are degenerate, regardless of the orbital angular momentum quantum number'l' (0,1...n-1 or s,p,d..). However, in atoms ...
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Plotting Angular Wave Functions of Orbitals

I'm taking an introductory Chemistry class, and we are asked to plot the angular wave functions for orbitals. What exactly does the angular wave function convey or represent? I'm very confused as to ...
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Orbital angular momentum

For hydrogen atom, L^2 and Lz can be obtained as eigenvalues for a particular wave function. But that does not completely specify the angular momentum vector. How to get about this problem? Also, in ...
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Orbital representations [duplicate]

The usual 'orbitals' that we draw are drawn with the axes shown and everything. But orbitals are really only 1 electron wave functions of 3 dimensions... Therefore, they can't be plotted as such in ...
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Difference between shells, subshells and orbitals

What are the definitions of these three things and how are they related? I've tried looking online but there is no concrete answer online for this question.
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Hybridised orbitals

What determines which type of hybridisation (sp3/sp2/sp) a molecule will take? Methane/ethylene/acetylene all have the same electron configuration but undergo different different types of ...
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An atom of silicon in its ground state has how many electrons with quantum number l = 1?

I was solving practice problems for electron configuration and periodic table, and I got stuck through a question: An atom of silicon in its ground state has how many electrons with quantum number l ...
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Asymmetry in trigonal bipyramidal geometry

I teach an MCAT course in chemistry. I like to explain VSEPR by saying.. first, imagine arranging electron pairs around the central atom so they are maximally distant from each other, and uniformly ...