Worksheet to Accompany Orbital Viewer Program

Worksheet for Orbital Viewer Program

Orbital Viewer, written by David Manthey, is a fantastic program for displaying electronic orbitals. You can read more about the program here. I have my students use Orbital Viewer when learning about quantum numbers and their associated rules, electronic orbitals, and other quantum concepts. I have developed a worksheet that allows students to use Orbital Viewer to explore various concepts related to electronic orbitals. You can download this worksheet and answer key below.  I would very much appreciate you letting me know if you find any errors in the worksheet or answer key. Comments are also welcome. 

Concepts: 
atomic theory
Concepts: 

Quantum numbers, rules for quantum numbers, shells, subshells, orbital shapes, nodes, electronic wave functions.

Procedure time: 
90 minutes
Time required: 

My freshman chemistry students take somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes to complete the worksheet. 

Materials: 

Orbital Viewer program, freely downloadable .

Procedure: 

Students download the program, Orbital Viewer, then follow the procedures listed in the self-paced worksheet.

Preparation: 

Almost no time at all is required to set up this activity!  Simply download the program, Orbital Viewer, and have the worksheets available for students to use.  My freshman chemistry students find the worksheet to be quite self-explanatory.

Attribution: 

Worksheet/answer key written by Tom Kuntzleman; David Manthey is the author of the Orbital Viewer program.

Collection: 

NGSS

Students that demonstrate understanding can develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

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Summary:

Students that demonstrate understanding can develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Assessment Boundary:

Assessment does not include quantitative calculation of energy released. Assessment is limited to alpha, beta, and gamma radioactive decays.

Clarification:

Emphasis is on simple qualitative models, such as pictures or diagrams, and on the scale of energy released in nuclear processes relative to other kinds of transformations.