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Nodes of an orbital

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  1. Mar 16, 2016 #1
    In a radial node of an orbital, say of 3px orbital, is the probablity for finding the 3px electron there is 0 but an electron of another orbital, say 2px, can be found there, OR the chance of finding electron of any orbital in a node of a certain orbital is 0?
     
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  3. Mar 16, 2016 #2

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    Total probability of finding an electron is a sum of all individual probabilities. Does it help?
     
  4. Mar 17, 2016 #3
    So the total probablity is 0 or only the probablity of that orbital is 0 in a node?
     
  5. Mar 17, 2016 #4

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    If you sum zero and something that is not zero, do you get zero, or something different from zero?

    In other words: 1+0 is 0, or 1?
     
  6. Mar 17, 2016 #5
    Got it.. thanks
     
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