# What is the position of electrons inside the orbitals such as s-,p- etc?? I mean I know that they are in these spherical(s-orbital) and dumb-bell shaped(p-) but where do they actually lie?

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They ARE the orbitals. The electrons are delocalized in such a way that their position averages out and they form the shape OF the orbital over time.

The **wave function**

*In simpler terms, it means that the particle's exact position cannot be specified, and we can only give a likelihood of where it might be (in accordance with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle).*

That requires that we give a probability distribution of the position, and that is what the orbital is.

So, the