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.
- Chris AncorLv 73 years ago
Atoms don't orbit. Those drawings are for convenience only.