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Subject: what is exactly the path of a p-orbital?

Date: Fri Jan 25 05:34:35 2002
Posted by nabs
Grade level: 10-12 School: dmc
City: No city entered. State/Province: No state entered. Country: mauritius
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1011954875.Ch

Hi. I am having some problems with my chemistry, and I hope that u will be able 
to help me out.

Suppose we are in the shell n=2 of an atom. It has 2 orbitals, the s-orbital 
and the p-orbital. The p-orbital has an ď8Ē shape. But, how can an electron go 
past the n=2 shell to the n=1 shell through the nucleus and back to the n=2 
shell? I mean, electrons cannot pass through the space between n=1 and n=2, 
isnít it? And it canít pass through the nucleus, isnít it??? Please help.

Re: what is exactly the path of a p-orbital?

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