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## Main Question or Discussion Point

In d orbital there are 5 degenerates.

How ## d_z^2 ## represents something like a donut shape.

Shouldn't it be a parabola with respect to z axis, like when plotting graph of ## x^2 ##.

Also have confusion about shapes of other 4 degenerates.

For s it is spherical and simple.

For p there are 3 degenerates directed along x,y,z axes.

Have confusion about shapes of these orbitals. Can somebody help?

How ## d_z^2 ## represents something like a donut shape.

Shouldn't it be a parabola with respect to z axis, like when plotting graph of ## x^2 ##.

Also have confusion about shapes of other 4 degenerates.

For s it is spherical and simple.

For p there are 3 degenerates directed along x,y,z axes.

Have confusion about shapes of these orbitals. Can somebody help?