1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

B Atomic Model

  1. Mar 3, 2016 #1
    Does atom really looks and behaves like as that explained in quantum mechanical model?
    Or is it just a Mathematical Tool to express the observations?
    Is it like that that scientist were unable to find any clue about real atomic structure and just created a mathematical tools following the observations to satisfy the conditions?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 3, 2016 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    This makes no sense.

    Apply this to "gravity" or "electrostatic". Do you think the same way about electricity?

    The ONLY means we have is to compare our theoretical description with experimental results. It is what separate science from unverified ideas, and it is MORE than what other non-science areas are able to do!

    If doing this makes science just a "mathematical tool", then other parts of your world are no better than random speculation.

  4. Mar 5, 2016 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Well, with a great deal of experimental effort, we can take pictures of the electron cloud in an atom, and see that it obeys our predictions from quantum mechanics. See, for example:

    So long story short, yes, they really look and behave like that, at least as far as we've been able to tell.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted