Posted by **Alice** on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 11:49am.

What is a definition for i) radial wavefunction ii) angular wavefunction

What is the physical meaning of each?

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**drwls**, Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 1:05pm
In the quantum mechanical solution of the Schroedinger equation for electronic wave function of an atom, it is (correctly) assumed that the probability distribution function for the electron, Psi(r, theta, phi) is the product of three distribution functions: R(r), f(theta)and g(phi). The g(phi) function has a simple solution, exp(+/- im*phi), where m is an integer related to the electron's orbital angular momentum. The functions R(r) and f(theta) are called the radial and angular wave functions, respectively.

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