
#1
Feb1412, 05:52 AM

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What's the difference in the representation of spherical harmonics and the orbitals themselves? they look exactly the same to me... unlike the radial part of the wavefunction though.




#2
Feb1412, 08:40 AM

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The angular part of an orbital wave function for hydrogen (or any other spherically symmetric potential) is a spherical harmonic:
[tex]\Psi_{nlm}(r,\theta,\phi) = R_{nl}(r)Y_{lm}(\theta,\phi)[/tex] 



#3
Feb1412, 08:41 AM

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#4
Feb1412, 10:21 AM

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spherical harmonics and wavefunctions 



#5
Feb1412, 12:09 PM

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#6
Feb1412, 09:36 PM

P: 198

If they are the same, then by the property of sharing the same identity they are not different.




#7
Feb1612, 10:03 AM

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