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Interpreting the radial probability distribution of an orbital

# Interpreting the radial probability distribution of an orbital

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Interpreting the radial probability distribution of an orbital The radial probability distribution of an electron orbital tells you the probability that an electron in that orbital will be at a given distance from the nucleus It is not possible to pin down the exact position of an electron at a particular time. Instead, we calculate the probability that an electron is at a particular position The energy of an electron in an orbital is proportional to its distance from the nucleus. Further
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Unformatted text preview: from the nucleus --> higher potential energy (if the electron falls back towards the nucleus, this energy will be released, usually as a photon) The degree to which an inner electron screens an outer electron from the attraction of the nucleus is proportional to how likely it is that the inner electron is between the outer electron and the nucleus...
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