Shapes of Atomic Orbitals:Boundary Surface Diagrams & Nodes
Shapes of Orbitals
Probability Density
ψ gives us the amplitude of wave. The value of ψ has no physical significance.
|Ψ|^{2} gives us the region in which the probability of finding an electron is maximum. It is called probability density.
Nodal surfaces
The region where this probability density function reduces to zero is called nodal surfaces or simply nodes.
There are two types of Nodes
Radial nodes or Nodal Region
Radial nodes occur when the probability density of wave function for the electron is zero on a spherical surface of a radius. Number of radial nodes = n – l – 1
Angular nodes or Nodal Planes
Angular nodes occur when the probability density wave function for the electron is zero along the directions specified by a particular angle. Number of angular nodes = l
Therefore ,
Number of radial nodes =n-l-1
Number of angular nodes =l
Total number of nodes =Number of radial nodes + Number of angular nodes= n – 1
Example
2s orbital has n=2 and l=0. The number of angular nodes = l = 0. The number of radial nodes = [(n-1) - l] = [1 - 0] = 1. Total Number of Nodes=1
2p orbital has n=2 and l=1. The number of angular nodes = l = 1. The number of radial nodes = [(n-1) - l] = [1 - 1] = 0. Total Number of Nodes=1
Boundary Surface Diagrams
It is surface in the space where probability density is constant for a given orbital. This gives a good representation of the shape of the orbital. This shapes encloses the volume or region where probability of finding electron is high
Shape of S-orbital
All the s -orbital are Spherical shape
The probability of finding the electron at a given distance is equal in all the directions.
The size of the s orbital increases with increase in n, that is, 4s > 3s > 2s > 1s and the electron is located further away from the nucleus as the
principal quantum number increases.
Shape of P orbitals
It has 3 possible orientation
Each p orbital consists of two sections called lobes that are on either side of the plane that passes through the nucleus
The probability density function is zero on the plane where the two lobes touch each other.
The size, shape and energy of the three orbitals are same just the orientation is different
They are given the designations $2p_x$, $2p_y$, and $2p_z$
Shape of D Orbitals
It has five orientations
The shapes of the first four D orbitals are similar to each other, where as that of the fifth one is different from others, but all five 3d orbitals are equivalent in energy
The five d-orbitals are designated as $d_{xy}$, $d_{yz}$,$d_{xz}$,$d_{x^2 - y^2}$ and $d_{z^2}$.
Question 1
Which orbital is dumb-bell shaped
(a) s-orbital
(b) p-orbital
(c) d-orbital
(d) f-orbital
Solution
(b)
Question 2
For the dumb-bell shaped orbital, the value of l is
(a) 3
(b) 0
(c) 1
(d) 2
Solution
(c)
Question 3
Which of the sub-shell is circular
(a) 4s
(b) 4f
(c) 4p
(d) 4d
Solution
(a)
Question 4
The shape of $d_{xy}$ orbital will be
(a) Circular
(b) Dumb-bell
(c) Double dumb-bell
(d) Trigonal
Solution
(c)
Question 5
Number of nodal centres for 2s orbital
(a) 1
(b) 0
(c) 4
(d) 3
Solution
(a)