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Cartesian coordinates), locate the angular nodes in this orbital.
The Cartesian function z (x 2 –y 2)/ r 3 equals zero when z = 0 or x 2 = y 2, i.e., when x = ± z.
Therefore, angular nodal planes exist in the xy plane and in diagonal planes that are
coplanar with the z axis and bisect the x and y axes. KEY # 2, p. 4 of 5 g. Give the number, type, and qualitative description of the nodes for the complete
(angular and radial components) 6fz(x2–y2) orbital.
The 6fz(x2–y2) orbital possesses 3 planar nodes running between the lobes of the angular
component of the wavefunction, and 2 spherical nodes in the radial portion of the
wavefunction. KEY # 2, p. 5 of 5...
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