### Chemical Urban Legends: Hydrogen Atomic Orbitals

We look at several common ideas about atomic orbitals:

Are they all true? Use the Mathematica notebook posted below to uncover the mysteries....

Mathematica notebook

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- The principal quantum number, n, controls the size of the orbital.
- s orbitals have no nodes
- Which is larger (extends further from the nucleus), a 2s or a 2p orbital?
- Which is larger, the 2s orbital in C5+ or the 2s orbital in Li2+?

Are they all true? Use the Mathematica notebook posted below to uncover the mysteries....

Mathematica notebook

worksheet

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