Edward Suzuki Hoerdt
1-15-23 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0095, Japan
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(Received November 14, 1997; Accepted November 27, 2002)
Keywords: Atommetry, Electron Orbital, Vector Equilibrium, Tension, Compression
Abstract. This paper offers a simple model of the atom as a structural balance of tension (attractive) and compression (repulsive) members which helps to explain three-dimensionally and effectively the workings of the atom independently as well as in bonds as molecules. In this model, the structure of the atom is composed of invisible "struts" of attractive, nuclear forces on the electrons (in tension) and of repulsive, electron forces on each other (in compression). While Heisenberg's Principle of Uncertainty dictates that the position and the speed of an electron cannot be accurately measured simultaneously, it does not imply that there is no orderly structure and motion of electrons in the atom. The model may be able to not only predict certain molecular configurations but also, in reverse, design and engineer artificial atoms and molecules of perhaps immense applicational potential. The model defines specific valence electron geometries for atoms and helps to explain the principle behind the "octet rule," how single and multiple bonds work, and the operational meaning of "resonance structures," amongst others.