Illustrated Glossary of Organic Chemistry
p
_{z}
orbital
:
A
p
atomic orbital
which lies along the
Cartesian coordinate
z
-axis
.
The
p
_{x}
,
p
_{y}
, and
p
_{z}
atomic orbitals
of a
nonhybridized
carbon atom lie along the
Cartesian coordinate
x-
,
y
-, and
z
-axes
. The
p
_{z}
atomic orbital
is shown in black. These
p
atomic orbitals
are
orthogonal
.
Related terms:
s
orbital
,
hybrid orbital
,
molecular orbital
,
pi bond
,
π bond
,
sigma bond
,
σ bond
,
bonding orbital
,
antibonding orbital
,
nonbonding orbital
,
orbital electronegativity
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