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

Problem

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

Solution

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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