This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Investigating Interdisciplinary Interactions: The Annual BioQUEST Summer Workshop at Beloit College in June 2005. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Orbitals and Wave Functions
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Paul McCreary
Xavier University of Louisiana

Tamar More
University of Portland


Possible Audiences:

Junior and Senior undergraduates in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics  


Brief Overview:

The views of electron orbitals formed by chemists on the one hand and physicist on the other hand have a markedly different representation. We explore the differences and use computer generated visualizations. The C-code based animations provide interactive representations and the Excel-based program provides an application that is accessible to most undergraduates.  


Resources and References:

See the document links.doc below.