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ERIC Number: EJ1043274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Visualization of a Large Set of Hydrogen Atomic Orbital Contours Using New and Expanded Sets of Parametric Equations
Rhile, Ian J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n10 p1739-1741 Oct 2014
Atomic orbitals are a theme throughout the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, and visualizing them has been a theme in this journal. Contour plots as isosurfaces or contour lines in a plane are the most familiar representations of the hydrogen wave functions. In these representations, a surface of a fixed value of the wave function ? is plotted in analogy to a contour map. The values of ? and ?*?, the probability density, are closely related. This article describes how images of isosurfaces and contour lines for a large set of hydrogen atomic orbitals were generated with new and expanded sets of parametric equations. Parametric equations for 4f and 5g orbitals are derived for the first time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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