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Atomic orbitals: 2p radial distribution function
Schematic plot of the 2p radial distribution function r^{2}R_{2p}^{2} (R_{2p} = radial wave function). For 2porbitals, the radial distribution function is related to the product obtained by multiplying the square of the radial wave function R_{2p} by r^{2}. By definition, it is independent of direction. In addition to a planar node, porbitals, display a number of radial nodes that separate the largest, outer, component from the inner components. The number of nodes is related to the principal quantum number, n. In general, the np orbital has (n  2) radial nodes, so the 2porbital has (2  2) = 0 nodes, as shown in the above plot. Radial nodes do, however, become evident in the higher porbitals (3p, 4p, 5p, 6p, and 7p).  

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