Interactive Animation to Facilitate Understanding of the Visual Characteristics of Atomic Orbital Wavefunctions

Sumio TOKITA* and Takao SUGIYAMA

Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Saitama University
255 Shimo-Ohkubo, Urawa, Saitama, 338-8570 JAPAN

(Received: September 13, 2000; Accepted for publication: September 27, 2000; Published on Web: November 25, 2000)

Multimedia have been thought to be most successful in illustrating concepts, and least successful when applied to the derivation of equations. We have developed interactive animation of hydrogen atomic orbitals using a software called QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR). The use of these pictures was shown to increase student interest and participation in the process to understand the mutual relation of the shapes with the mathematical functions of atomic orbitals.

Keywords: Atomic Orbital Wavefunction, Interactive Animation, QTVR, Virtual Reality

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