Part D. 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.
Assign quantum numbers and predict characteristics of orbitals based on the contour representation.
Wave functions provide information about an electron's probable location in space. This can be represented by an electron-density distribution diagram, called an orbital. An orbital is characterized by a size, shape, and orientation in space.
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