Models of the Hydrogen Atom

An engaging simulation encourages scholars to discover if the Bohr model of an atom is correct. They shoot light at a hydrogen atom in various conditions to see which of the many models is plausible or inadequate. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a timeline of the discovery of the structure of atoms including the Bohr model, DeBroglie wavelength, and the Schrodinger model
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Java 1.5.0_15 or later on Windows and Linux and Java 1.5.0_19 or later on Macs
  • Assumes learners are familiar with the parts of an atom and electron diagrams

  • Includes a PDF with a guide to the controls, how to simplify the model, and insights into student thinking
  • Offers links to 22 teacher-submitted lessons that use the simulation
  • Translates into more than 30 languages

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