Student handout: Visualization of Quantum Probabilities for the Hydrogen Atom

Central Forces 2021
Students use Mathematica to visualize the probability density distribution for the hydrogen atom orbitals with the option to vary the values of \(n\), \(\ell\), and \(m\).
What students learn
  • Mathematica is used to compute the full solution quantum mechanical solution to the hydrogen atom
  • Students can visualize the probability density of the electron
  • Students can connect various represent to the hydrogen orbitals they've seen in chemistry

Use this Mathematica Notebook to visualize the probability density for hydrogen atom eigenstates.

Visualization Hydrogen Hydrogen Atom Probabilities Mathematica Chemistry
Learning Outcomes