Atomic Orbitals in Chemistry
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Atomic Orbitals in Chemistry

Explore the concept of atomic orbitals, understanding their definition, shape, and orientation in space. Learn about the different types of orbitals like s, p, d, and f, and how many electrons they can hold.

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Questions and Answers

What is the region of space around the nucleus where an electron is likely to be found?

Atomic orbital

What is the maximum number of electrons that can occupy an atomic orbital?

Two

What determines the shape and orientation of atomic orbitals?

The type of orbital

What is the label given to the type of orbital that has a specific shape and orientation in space?

<p>s, p, d, f, etc.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the main characteristic of atomic orbitals?

<p>They are regions of high electron probability</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Atomic Orbitals

  • An atomic orbital is a region of space around the nucleus where an electron is likely to be found at any given time.
  • Orbitals differ from each other in shape and orientation in space.
  • There are various types of orbitals, which are labelled as s, p, d, f, etc.
  • Each atomic orbital can hold a maximum of two electrons.

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