How many angular nodes are in a #d_(z^2)# orbital?

1 Answer

Answer:

The number of angular nodes in a #"d"_text(z²)# orbital is two.

Explanation:

For any orbital,

#"Total no. of nodes" = n - 1#

#"No. of angular nodes" = l#

#"No. of radial nodes" = n - l - 1#

It is easy to see the two angular (conical) nodes in a #3"d"_text(z²)# orbital.

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A #4"d"_text(z²)# orbital has the same two conical nodes plus a radial (spherical) node.

4dz2
(From Roland Heynkes)

A #5"d"_text(z²)# orbital has the same two conical nodes plus two radial (spherical) nodes.

5dz2
(From fineartamerica.com)