Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Orbitals 1926 Erwin Schrödinger Schrödinger's wave equation incorporates both wave- and particle-like behaviors for the electron. Opened a new way of thinking about sub-atomic particles, leading the area of study known as wave mechanics , or quantum mechanics . Schrödinger's equation results in a series of so called wave functions, represented by the letter ψ (psi) . Although has no actual physical meaning, the value of ψ 2 describes the probability distribution of an electron . From Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, we cannot know both the location and velocity of an electron. Thus, Schrödinger's equation does not tell us the exact
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