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  1. #1 Electron Orientation 
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    This is a very random teacher and my chemistry teacher who's a genius couldn't answer it:

    What determines which direction atoms move on their orbitals?

    Thanks...I'm very curious about this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schemmy888
    This is a very random teacher and my chemistry teacher who's a genius couldn't answer it:

    What determines which direction atoms move on their orbitals?

    Thanks...I'm very curious about this.
    I suppose you are referring to electrons moving on their orbitals inside an atom. The correct answer to this is that they do not move. All images portraying an atom like a planetary system with a nucleus in the centre and the electrons orbiting it in circles or ellipses is just a semi-classical approximation to what quantum mechanics really describe. In reality, each electron is smeared out across its orbital that is defined by a statistical probability function, where to find the electron.


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