# What is the structural difference between a 2P and a 3P orbital?

##### 1 Answer

A

#### Explanation:

All

We see this in the

(from chemwiki.ucdavis.edu)

The

You have probably noticed that the total number of nodes in an orbital is equal to

Thus, a

Nodes can be either angular or radial.

The number of angular nodes is equal to

Since all p orbitals have

Radial nodes are spherical. The number of radial nodes is

Hence, a

(from www.villierspark.org.uk)

Here's a computer-generated image of the three

(from fineartamerica.com)

Can you see the spherical node?