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I've just been introduced to the quantum Mechanical Model of an Atom, so please bear with me on this one.
Are Subshells and shell physical things, like do they really exist, or is it a concept only to understand the energy that an electron has?
I'm kind of confused since until now, we've been drawing the K, L , M , N shells with a nucleus in the middle and 4 shells outside with the respective no. Of electrons in them.
And they're related to distance from the nucleus so I was thinking they must be physical.
But if you start visualising each Subshells in each shell having it's own orbitals, that doesn't really make sense.
And what about orbitals? I'm guessing they've got to be physical, right?
- 10th grader
edit- My point is can you literally visualise the different things as it's regularly down at middle school level.