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General Chemistry Without Orbitals

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submitted on 29.04.2020 and posted on 30.04.2020 by Guy Lamoureux, J. F. Ogilvie
We illustrate the solutions of Schroedinger's equation for the hydrogen atom in coordinates of all four systems, and differentiate the applicability of orbitals in these four systems. We present reasons that future textbooks of general chemistry should exclude orbitals and discuss the teaching of general chemistry on this basis. The incompatibility of molecular structure and quantum mechanics is discussed before a conclusion that quantum mechanics and its orbital artifacts are irrelevant for general chemistry.

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Email Address of Submitting Author

guy.lamoureux@ucr.ac.cr

Institution

Universidad de Costa Rica

Country

Costa Rica

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0002-2717-7506

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no competing financial interest.

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