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What do the + and - sign of 2 lobes of the p orbital represent? I know that they are the signs of the electron's wave function but what is their significance?


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    $\begingroup$ They mean nothing. $\endgroup$ – Kenny Lau May 27 '16 at 13:36
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    $\begingroup$ There is no physical interpretation of the phase but that doesn't mean it's irrelevant $\endgroup$ – orthocresol May 27 '16 at 14:19

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