The Orbitron

I just finished teaching about electron configurations and orbitals (quantum mechanics stuff) in Chemistry — you know, the 1s22s22p63s23p64s23d6 stuff. Well, maybe you don’t remember. Don’t worry about it.

If you do remember quantum mechanics, you’ll appreciate the graphical depictions of orbitals at The Orbitron, a gallery of atomic orbitals and molecular orbitals.

Even if you don’t remember your quantum mechanics, you can still appreciate the symmetry and order of God’s creation. (A quick review: an orbital is a space around the nucleus of an atom in which an electron is most likely to reside. These volumes range in shape from spherical to donut to… well, take a look).

3d orbitals

7g orbitals (I’ve never seen depictions of these before; they only exist for excited states, not for ground states)

Grace and Peace

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