But where's the Unobtanium?
(still can't figure out how the P orbital
can be hour glass shaped - pinched to
zero at the nucleus - and not have the
electron pass through the nucleus)
trained in chemical engineering
and never chemical engineered
That's because you're thinking of an electron as a particle "zipping around"
a nucleus like a planet orbits a star and the P orbital as describing that
motion. When you start thinking of atomic orbitals as waveforms which
describe the probability of finding an electron at a given point and
electrons as waves, you'll be headed in the right direction. Unfortunately,
like a lot of other concepts in quantum mechanics, the idea of an atomic
orbital is hard to fathom when we try to comprehend it based on our everyday
understanding of matter in the macro-world.
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