B Nature of Atomic Structure

Sanborn Chase

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The Space Between the Nucleus and Electron Shells?
Summary: The Space Between the Nucleus and Electron Shells?

What composes the space between an atom's nucleus and its electron shells?
 
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There is no space in between. The electron shells are spread over the whole size of the atom - including the volume of the nucleus.
 

Sanborn Chase

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So the popular model of a tiny nucleus and way out there is the first electron shell is totally inaccurate? Why would such a fabrication still be taught? I remember the analogy as this: if the nucleus was the size of a basketball the electrons would be whizzing around the top rows of a major football stadium. It's all garbage?
 

jim mcnamara

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The Bohr Model of the atom from 1913 is the source. It is wrong, but viewed handy for teaching very elementary science. I learned it in high school, long ago.

 
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if the nucleus was the size of a basketball the electrons would be whizzing around the top rows of a major football stadium
They are in the whole stadium in that analogy.
 

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