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Electrons move in mysterious ways; the Heisenberg principle states that we can never simultaneously know the location and velocity of such small particles.  But when an electron is bound to an atom within a molecule, it's effectively confined to a particular area, the shape of which is a probability distribution cloud.  At every point within the cloud, there exists a probability that the electron will be located at that point.  This cloud is also known as an orbital.
 
Electrons move in mysterious ways; the Heisenberg principle states that we can never simultaneously know the location and velocity of such small particles.  But when an electron is bound to an atom within a molecule, it's effectively confined to a particular area, the shape of which is a probability distribution cloud.  At every point within the cloud, there exists a probability that the electron will be located at that point.  This cloud is also known as an orbital.
  
I just figured this behavior is kindof like mine - I am subject to flights of fancy and start too many projects, all within a defined but broad scope of interest, and if you try to pin me down, my nature is to get distracted and end up working on some other project for a short while, and then something else, and so on.  But I do revisit most of them from time to time.
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This behavior is similar to mine - I am subject to flights of fancy and start too many projects, all within a defined but broad scope of interest, and if you try to pin me down, my nature is to get distracted and end up working on some other project for a short while, and then something else, and so on.  But I do revisit most of them from time to time.

Revision as of 18:53, 12 October 2005

Electrons move in mysterious ways; the Heisenberg principle states that we can never simultaneously know the location and velocity of such small particles. But when an electron is bound to an atom within a molecule, it's effectively confined to a particular area, the shape of which is a probability distribution cloud. At every point within the cloud, there exists a probability that the electron will be located at that point. This cloud is also known as an orbital.

This behavior is similar to mine - I am subject to flights of fancy and start too many projects, all within a defined but broad scope of interest, and if you try to pin me down, my nature is to get distracted and end up working on some other project for a short while, and then something else, and so on. But I do revisit most of them from time to time.