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Write the Significance of a Plus and a Minus Sign Shown in Representing the Orbitals. - Chemistry

Question

Write the significance of a plus and a minus sign shown in representing the orbitals.

Solution 1

Molecular orbitals are represented by wave functions. A plus sign in an orbital indicates a positive wave function while a minus sign in an orbital represents a negative wave function.

Solution 2

Plus and minus sign is used to indentify the nature of electrons wave. Plus (+ve) sign denotes crest, while (-ve) sign denotes trough.

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 NCERT Solution for Chemistry Textbook for Class 11 (2018 (Latest))
Chapter 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
| Q 37 | Page 131
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