Metal d orbitals in an octahedral 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 eg symmetry point directly at ligand σ orbitals, whereas the orbitals with t2g symmetry do not.
The orientation of the five d orbitals with respect to the ligands of an octahedral complex: the degenerate (a) eg and (b) t2g orbitals.

d Orbitals in Tetrahedral Crystal Field

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