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ERIC Number: EJ938985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Is It Time to Retire the Hybrid Atomic Orbital?
Grushow, Alexander
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n7 p860-862 Jul 2011
A rationale for the removal of the hybrid atomic orbital from the chemistry curriculum is examined. Although the hybrid atomic orbital model does not accurately predict spectroscopic energies, many chemical educators continue to use and teach the model despite the confusion it can cause for students. Three arguments for retaining the model in the chemical curriculum are presented. These arguments are then refuted and methods for teaching chemistry without invoking the hybrid atomic orbital model are presented to show how the model can be removed from the chemistry curriculum with little negative effect.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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