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Chemical Ball and Spoke Model.  How do you explain when a rearrangement of the model is needed?

Question asked by Mitsuru Yamada on Feb 21, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 24, 2013 by Mitsuru Yamada

Chemistry teachers seem to use the ball and spoke model for describing a molecule of a chemical compound in order to teach the youngs its realistic comformation.

I think the model is too simplistic and rigid for young student who is pondering about its possible chemical transformation.

What does each spoke tell about its bond's meaning?

And when a chemical reaction occurs on the compound, then how does a teacher explain the general mechanism that changes the ball and spoke configuration?

This model gives students a fixed idea for chemistry.

Think a wild possibility of electron's behavior now being excavated by quantum mechanics!


An old amateur physicist

February 21, 2013