The Quantum Mechanical Model: Definition & Overview


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Which of the following describes the planetary model of the atom?

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1. How is the quantum mechanical model of the atom different to the planetary model?

2. What is an electron cloud?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your understanding of the quantum mechanical model with these worksheet/quiz questions. Topics include an explanation of the planetary model of the atom and a comparison between the planetary model and the quantum mechanical model.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These areas will be considered:

  • Electron clouds
  • Quantum numbers
  • Spin of an electron

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define the planetary model of the atom and electron clouds
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about quantum numbers and the spin of an electron while orbiting an atom along with another electron
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the quantum mechanical model and the planetary model

Additional Learning

There's plenty more to learn about atoms and electrons in the lesson entitled The Quantum Mechanical Model: Definition & Overview. Areas you'll be exploring are as follows:

  • Atoms definition
  • The Bohr Model
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Orbital and magnetic quantum numbers