Orbital Viewer

This molecular orbital modeling program plots the results of the relevant Schroedinger equations in real time, producing a colorful model of atomic orbitals that can be manipulated using the mouse. 

Curriculum Notes 

This demonstration can be used when discussing quantum numbers and their effect on the shape of atomic orbitals. This program can also be used to produce hybrid and molecular orbitals using the LCAO method, so it can be used when discussing bonding and MO theory.

Lead Time 
One day of lead time is required for this project.

Detailed discussion of the Orbital Viewer modeling program is available on the OV website (see above). 


This program is available as a free download from:http://www.orbitals.com/orb/ov.htm Though most computers would theoretically be able to run this program, most instructors prefer to use the demo PC because this program can be computationally intensive and tends to crash computers that don't have a lot of RAM. This demo should be projected.


Most instructors prefer to have the lecture demonstrator sit in on their class to operate the program and produce orbital models at appropriate times in the lecture. 

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