MU  Chemistry 210  WS99
IAE on Atomic Orbitals

The place to start this adventure is Brucat's web site of
Pictures of
Atomic Orbitals at the University of Florida.
Check out the AOs for main quantum numbers n = 1  3.
Notice the spherical nodes in the sAOs with
n>1. Look at the pAOs 2p and 3p. Both have a node plane (they are pAOs
and l=1) and 3p also has a node sphere in addition! Check out the set of
five dAOs. They come in different shapes. Can you draw them?
The Representation
of Orbitals illustrates well the spherical nodes in nsAOs (n=13).
NOTE that the electron density is plotted for the nsAOs. Any
idea what the actual orbital function would look like?
I also found a site where you can download a Mathematica program that
allows you to draw
threedimensional
representations of atomic
orbitals. If you are a Mathematica enthusiast, you
might try that out. Otherwise skip it.
Another University of Florida web site that shows the
Hydrogen Atomic
Orbitals.
Quicktime movies for the
visualization of atomic orbitals introduce you to
isosurfaces and much more. Check this out in the evening as the time for
downloading is significant!
Wong's 3D
Models of Atomic Orbitals. This site requires a VRML plugin and a
lot of memory. Since these virtual reality presentations, you can rotate
and translate the MOs at will. Quite good!
Let me know if you can find other sites on the web that help learning
about atomic orbitals, molecular orbitals, hybridization and bonding. If
you bring a site and it get's posted, I will acknowledge you by name.