By: Jeff Bracken, Westerville North High School, Westerville, OH
The Butterfly Orbital Quantum Mechanics Demonstration Kit creates a concrete analogy of an electron orbital using a low-cost approach. The demonstration provides students with a simple, yet visual model of electron motion around a nucleus.
Create a concrete analogy of an electron orbital using this low-cost spinning demonstration! Students often experience difficulty in grasping abstract concepts, such as the composition of an atom. The butterfly orbital demonstration provides students with a simple, yet very visual model of electron motion around a nucleus. A fun and easy way to introduce subatomic particles! Teacher Demonstration Notes included.
Concepts: Orbitals, quantum mechanics. Time Required: 15 minutes Note: Bracken’s Demonstration Spinner (Catalog No. AP6202) is required and available separately.
Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Science & Engineering Practices
Developing and using models Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Disciplinary Core Ideas
MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter