This is my first post on you forum. I have read the rules and tried to abide, however there may be errors on my part, for which I appologies. I am not from a chemistry background at all, so this seemed like an adequete place to post, I'm sure it will be moved if deemed neccessary. I did try a search but to no avail, although my search criteria is possibly the limiting factor rather than the actual search facility, anyway I digress.
I wish to find an accurate representation of an oxygen atom, with the electrons not appearing as a cloud but rather in a single position (for each electron). As I mentioned I have only a secondary school background in chemistry, so after some internet research I have discovered s orbitals and p orbitals and that the correct orientation (I think that's the right term?) of an oxygen atom is
1s^2 2s^2 2px^2 2py^1 2pz^1
Now for my questions:
a) Is the 'orientation' I proposed correct?
b) Should I be considering hybridization? (It came up in many google searches but I'm unsure if it applies)
c) If these p orbitals are shaped like dumbells, I'm having a hard time determining how the electron passes from one side to the other without travelling through the actual nucleus? Is it just an effect of quantum mechanics ? Should I consider the elctron as a wave? Shall I just accept this for now and forget about it?
d) Are there any accurate images avaliable on the net of an Oxygen atom?
e) If no to d) is there any software that can create an accurate image? Would anybody be willing to do it for me? I'd be happy to pay for the time spent.