Shapes of the 3d orbitals
Before beginning any discussion of Crystal Field Theory (CFT),
it is essential that the shapes of the five d orbitals is revised.
|dz 2 , dx 2
Note that the electron density lies directly in line with the
axes (i.e., the lobes of the orbitals point
directly along the bond axes for an octahedral complex).
For dxy, dxz, dyz
Note that the electron density lies in between the axes
(i.e., the lobes of the orbitals do not point directly along any of
the bond axes for an octahedral complex).
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