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Lol asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 3 years ago

How do we know shape of atomic orbitals?

I know there are drawings and illustrations of atomic orbitals, but are they directly observed or merely a mathematical approximation based on what we know?


Just to clarify, when I said 'atomic orbitals' I probably should have said "electron orbitals". What I mean by that is wave function of electrons in around atoms.

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  • 3 years ago

    Atoms don't orbit. Those drawings are for convenience only.

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