Wave Functions

This section deals with the basics of quantum mechanics. Don’t worry too much about it, but this is some good general information.  

Definition of an Atomic Orbital

These funny orbital shapes represent the 3-D plots of the equations that describe the probability of finding electrons at any given place as their energy states increase.

Atomic Orbital Interference

Concept: Constructive vs. destructive interference.

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Instead of colliding into each other, wave functions have the ability to interfere with each other upon meeting.

The type of interference determines if a new bond will be created between the two orbitals.