# 5*g* radial distribution function

**Schematic plot of the 5 g radial distribution function r^{2}R_{5g}^{2}** (

*R*

_{5g}= radial wave function).

For 5*g*-orbitals, the radial distribution function is related to the product obtained by multiplying the square of the radial wave function *R*_{5g} by *r*^{2}. By definition, it is independent of direction.

In addition to planar and conical nodes, *g*-orbitals (*n* > 5) display a number of radial nodes that separate the largest, outer, component from the inner components. The number of nodes is related to the principal quantum number, *n*. In general, the *ng* orbital has (*n* - 5) radial nodes, so the 5*g*-orbitals have (5 - 5) = 0 radial nodes, as shown in the above plot. Radial nodes do become evident, however, in the higher *g*-orbitals (
6*g* and
7*g*).

The Orbitron

^{TM}, a gallery of orbitals on the WWW: https://winter.group.shef.ac.uk/orbitron/

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