Mon April 16, 2012 By: Vikhyat Anand

why is screening effect of d and f orbitals weaker than s and p orbitals

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Mon April 16, 2012

Due to spherical shape, the s orbital shields the electrons from the nucleus more effectively as compared to p orbital. Similarly because of difference in their shapes, p orbitals shield the electrons from the nucleus more than the d orbitals, even though all these orbitals are present in the same shell.

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