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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Sketch a picture of the 90% boundary surface of an s orbital and the px orbital. Be sure the latter drawing shows why the p orbital is labeled px and not py, for example.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The sketch of 90% boundary surface of s orbital and px orbital is to be drawn.

Concept introduction:

  • Boundary surface is a representation of shape of atoms using diagram
  • The s subshell has spherical shape and does not have any sharp boundary where the chance of finding electron is zero
  • For p subshells, l=1 and has dumbbell shape.
Explanation

Each value of l indicates subshell and for s subshells, l=0. Hence, there is only 1 orbital for s subshells. The s subshell has spherical shape and does not have any sharp boundary where the chance of finding electron is zero.

There is 3 orbital for p subshells. For p subshells, l=1 and has dumbbell shape. One nodal surface is passing through the p subshell and thus has two electron density regions

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