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Product 12650

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.

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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

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Stability and change