This TED ED video is a great little primer on electrons and where they actually are within an atom. The other week when I got all confused about the electrons in palladium, I asked a chemist and a physicist to explain what I was missing. And they both did a fine job, but it’s nice to see the answers here in adorably animated form, and to really revel in their meaning.
"How electrons from one atom interact with electrons from another determines almost everything…From plain old rocks to the beautiful complexity of life, the nature of everything we see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and even feel is determined at the atomic level.”
Man, I love chemistry.
Electrons really don’t get a fair shake when it comes to science class. We spend so much time saying that they do this, and look like that, only to surprise people when they get to college:
"Just kidding! All of that was just the kid version! Because quantum physics!"
In short, watch this lesson and you’ll never look at an orbital the same way again. You’ll look at it in a more beautiful and satisfying way than ever before. And hopefully with just the right amount of awe.
Productive brainstorming over delicious milk and green tree patbingsu. My (sometimes) annoying colleague here pulled out his G Pro smartphone and we drew transfer curves for my experiment using his note taking app. The future is *really* now.