Problem: Why are atoms usually portrayed as spheres when most orbitals are not spherically shaped?

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We are asked to explain why atoms are usually portrayed as spheres when most orbitals are not spherically shaped.


Recall the different shapes of the s, p, and d orbitals.


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Why are atoms usually portrayed as spheres when most orbitals are not spherically shaped?

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