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Homework Help: Electron configuration of cation

  1. Jul 13, 2006 #1
    Why are the d electrons less effective in shielding the nuclear charge than the s or p electrons, and are thus more polarizing?
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  3. Jul 13, 2006 #2


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    I believe it has to do with Spherical Harmonics of the wave equation - there is more azimuthal dependence for the d electrons than p or s.
  4. Jul 16, 2006 #3
    thank you very much!!!
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