3-dimensional standing waves

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I’ve seen the description of electrons around an atom as existing as standing waves with different harmonics corresponding to different energy levels.

The atom is evidently 3-dimensional, and the wave function of an electron must also be in terms if 3 spatial coordinates.

What mathematical extension to 2D standing waves is made to convert them i to a 3D form? I’m almost certainly not nearly good enough to understand the full maths behind this but was just wondering where I could find a more high level description of this.

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Hi ##e^\pi##

Google 3D standing waves to get an idea :smile:
Or hydrogen orbitals

See e.g. here
 
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