ATOMS and MOLECULES Rendered in 3D

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ATOMS and MOLECULES Rendered in 3D
by Jeremy Mallin

Depiction of the electron orbitals is based on [the following].

  • Electrons travel at relativistic speeds and would appear as streaks of light if they were visible at all.
  • Quantum mechanics proposes that the exact location and speed of each electron is determined by probability.
  • So, an almost electrostatic lightning storm over the surface of each orbital is a good representation of what the electrons actually do,
  • along with the fact that free electrons escape from and are captured by atoms all the time

Hydrogen – diatomic hydrogen (H2).

Neon – a stable nuclear arrangement of ten protons and ten neutrons and thus easy to portray as the twenty vertices of a regular dodecahedron. 

Carbon – a single Carbon 12 atom. 

Water – with electron orbital wave functions and free electrons.

These are beautiful, but the nucleus is WAAAAAAAY too big. Even though it holds more than 99% of an atom’s mass, the nucleus to super tiny. If an atom were enlarged to the size of the Earth, the nucleus would be a hundred feet wide… or less.

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