We are asked to determine how would the dx2- y2 orbital in the n=5 shell compare to the dx2-y2 orbital in the n=3 subshell.
Below is a general representation of the said orbital:
How would the dx2- y2 orbital in the n=5 shell compare to the dx2-y2 orbital in the n=3 subshell?
a) The contour of the orbital would extend further out along the x and y axes.
b) The value of ℓ would increase by 2.
c) The radial probability function would include two more nodes.
d) The orientation of the orbital would be rotated 45° along the xy plane.
e) The mℓ value would be the same.
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