Metal d orbitals in a tetrahedral crystal field



This series of diagrams illustrate the directionality of the metal d orbitals with respect to ligand σ orbitals, represented as black spheres.

It should be noted the orbitals with t2 symmetry point more directly at ligand σ orbitals than the orbitals with e symmetry.

d Orbitals in Octahedral Crystal Field

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