What even are these?
Physics
What even are these?

Atomic Orbitals Are Confusing And I Miss The Old Friendly Model

When I learned physics, everything made sense. You dropped something, and you could tell how far it dropped by how long it took to fall. I realize this was high school, but still.
This one time, the teacher dropped a watermelon off of the roof so that we could figure out just how tall the school was. He got in trouble, but it was worth it. There were ants everywhere the next day. Anyhow, atoms were easy to understand. They were like their own little solar systems, with the nucleus being the center.
It made it easy to understand and visualize how a hydrogen atom had the one electron, or how the bismuth atom has 83. These new "atomic orbitals" are so confusing though! I've tried to figure them out, but I have not had the best experience doing so. Clearly the problem is with this new model and not my ability to learn.
We should just go back to teaching the old model, even if it was wrong. I mean, we teach plenty of wrong stuff in history classes, so why not physics? I mean, who would know?
Maybe I should hang up lab coat and quit physics for good. Leave those trophies to gather dust in the closet.
The old
The old
This is hard to understand.
This is hard to understand.
This is a piece of the periodic table. Looks like a crazy screensaver.
This is a piece of the periodic table. Looks like a crazy screensaver.
These are all atoms?
These are all atoms?
This is easy to understand.
This is easy to understand.
Do the colors mean anything?
Do the colors mean anything?
These looks like soda logos.
These looks like soda logos.
“These new "atomic orbitals" are so confusing!”
I don't like atoms anymore.
I don't like atoms anymore.
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