0658: "Orbitals"

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0658: "Orbitals"

Postby Monotonius » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:01 am UTC

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Title Text: And now someone drunk and hot stumbles in, one thing follows another, and the next roommate to return home sleeps in the hall lounge orbital.


So I guess the pairs have opposite spins too, otherwise they would be the same person?

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:03 am UTC

Man, today's comic is so good! Hilarious!

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Yggdrasil » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:05 am UTC

Does that mean bosons get to have orgies?

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby scaram0uche » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:06 am UTC

We call it "being sexiled" at my institution of higher learning.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby jspenguin » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:07 am UTC

Monotonius wrote:So I guess the pairs have opposite spins too, otherwise they would be the same person?


Either that, or they would speed up or slow down the Earth's rotation.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby raybot » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:08 am UTC

I wonder if this comic can somehow help me teach my general chemistry tutees about quantum numbers and electron configurations.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:10 am UTC

scaram0uche wrote:We call it "being sexiled" at my institution of higher learning.


And every other in the English-speaking world. But that doesn't lend itself to a pun.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Hale » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:12 am UTC

Where do you go if the hall lounge is taken by someone from another apartment?
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby saywhatman » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:14 am UTC

Yay! My first real "Randall get out of my head!" moment. I just learned about orbitals today in chemistry.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby captain2obvious » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:16 am UTC

Hale wrote:Where do you go if the hall lounge is taken by someone from another apartment?

You then fill in the empty apartment orbital.

Edit: On second thought I'm pretty sure thats illegal
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:18 am UTC

Not bad but not a particularly original theme for xkcd either :P
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby LostHorizon » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:21 am UTC

Hale wrote:Where do you go if the hall lounge is taken by someone from another apartment?


I suppose that is how bonds form between apartments.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby PhantomPhanatic » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:21 am UTC

+1 to that ^^^ guy.


This be a good one.

I especially liked the hall lounge orbital. I have yet to have seen a roommate forced to a higher orbital.....I guess that says something about my roommates.
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby psychosomaticism » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:23 am UTC

And when you get two people alone in different rooms of the apartment, you get unpaired electrons, and... er... [insert joke about O2 or something]

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Kain » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:28 am UTC

If it weren't for the fact that the dorms I am in have an individual room for each occupant, I would probably be in a higher orbital quite often (thank anything for thickish walls). Actually, I would probably just be expelled from the atom.
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:32 am UTC

Back in my college days, we had none of this single-bonds that you kids think is so "hip".

We were all hydrocarbons and deoxyribonucleic acid all over the place. Oooh, but that makes for a cramped dorm room, you might say.. that's for socially optimal, you scream.

Well I don't give a peroxide :twisted:

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Username4242 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:36 am UTC

Shit you not, my high school chem teacher used a basically identical analogy.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby philsov » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:43 am UTC

but... no one pairs up until everyone's single in the first place.

The guy on the couch HAS to be on the couch as a pre-req for everyone else getting some.

gogo couch guy.
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:46 am UTC

A good one! Especially in contrast to the previous comic.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:52 am UTC

philsov wrote:but... no one pairs up until everyone's single in the first place.

The guy on the couch HAS to be on the couch as a pre-req for everyone else getting some.

gogo couch guy.

That's what I was thinking. It doesn't seem to make that much sense if you think about it that way, but if the different rooms are different orbitals, not sub-orbitals, then each has to be filled before the couch orbital is filled.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Alsadius » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:56 am UTC

So does this make the "opposite spins" rule homophobic?

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Kain » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:00 am UTC

Alsadius wrote:So does this make the "opposite spins" rule homophobic?

Note necessarily, though it does suggest that there must be at least one donor and one acceptor, if you get my drift.
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:04 am UTC

How are excited "electrons" explained then? They decide to go have a party in the lounge until they decide to fall back to their ground state bedrooms?

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Alsadius » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:06 am UTC

Kain wrote:
Alsadius wrote:So does this make the "opposite spins" rule homophobic?

Note necessarily, though it does suggest that there must be at least one donor and one acceptor, if you get my drift.

"So, which one of you is the acid, and which one's the base"?

rocketrat wrote:How are excited "electrons" explained then? They decide to go have a party in the lounge until they decide to fall back to their ground state bedrooms?

That really depends on what provides the activation energy.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby OrangeAipom » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:10 am UTC

I don't understand that stuff that's like d10 and all since I didn't learn that yet.

But I heard that they don't bond with anything.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:11 am UTC

Alsadius wrote:
rocketrat wrote:How are excited "electrons" explained then? They decide to go have a party in the lounge until they decide to fall back to their ground state bedrooms?

That really depends on what provides the activation energy.

Presumably a high energy electron arrives from a beer run and transfers it to the others.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby philsov » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:12 am UTC

rocketrat wrote:
philsov wrote:but... no one pairs up until everyone's single in the first place.

The guy on the couch HAS to be on the couch as a pre-req for everyone else getting some.

gogo couch guy.

That's what I was thinking. It doesn't seem to make that much sense if you think about it that way, but if the different rooms are different orbitals, not sub-orbitals, then each has to be filled before the couch orbital is filled.


But a pair per shell? Third room should be, like, an orgy! Heaven forbid the couch.
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby denethor101 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:12 am UTC

haha this is awesome. My chem prof makes a comment like this at least once every lecture.
when explaining ionization energies: "some girls are like cesium. you only have to take them to the movies once and they give up their electron. Now when i went to college, girls would actually post their ionization energies on their doors. Well, some of them."

Last lecture he said something about "the two orbitals go back to the dorm and share bodily fluids and...well..." -- at this point there was a groan and he discontinued.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Pagemaster » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:13 am UTC

philsov wrote:but... no one pairs up until everyone's single in the first place.

The guy on the couch HAS to be on the couch as a pre-req for everyone else getting some.

gogo couch guy.


If we assume that men and women are electrons from different atoms, this isn't necessarily true. the extra guy gets sent to the higher "lone pairs" orbital

EDIT: if the men and women atoms were bonding. hybrid orbitals

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Avoidist » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:20 am UTC

Title Text: And now someone drunk and hot stumbles in, one thing follows another, and the next roommate to return home sleeps in the hall lounge orbital.

That's only because the living room couch occupant decayed from it's excited state. Turns out it wasn't metastable.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:21 am UTC

philsov wrote:
rocketrat wrote:
philsov wrote:but... no one pairs up until everyone's single in the first place.

The guy on the couch HAS to be on the couch as a pre-req for everyone else getting some.

gogo couch guy.

That's what I was thinking. It doesn't seem to make that much sense if you think about it that way, but if the different rooms are different orbitals, not sub-orbitals, then each has to be filled before the couch orbital is filled.


But a pair per shell? Third room should be, like, an orgy! Heaven forbid the couch.

True. Though each is in a suborbital of two electrons, so at least there are three separate beds in the third room. Still a bit intimate.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:24 am UTC

Alsadius wrote:
Kain wrote:
Alsadius wrote:So does this make the "opposite spins" rule homophobic?

Note necessarily, though it does suggest that there must be at least one donor and one acceptor, if you get my drift.

"So, which one of you is the acid, and which one's the base"?

They could be a conjugate pair.

Or they might even be amphoteric.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby aquilo » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:38 am UTC

Forget that noise. If my roommate is charming enough to get lucky, then he is charming enough to get an extra job to pay for a motel room. I don't care whether my room becomes positively charged by his absence. :P

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Parabellum » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:53 am UTC

So what would hybridsation be analogous to in this situation?

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Al-pocalypse » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:22 am UTC

I hate to think how my old university hall experience would affect this; at least once all the orbitals ended up in the lounge!
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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby jords » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:31 am UTC

I'm finding all this very confusing. Perhaps a car analogy?

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby esmith » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:49 am UTC

Living on an Orbital would probably be OK, but I think I'd prefer living on a GSV. Maybe on "Experiencing a Significant Gravitas Shortfall". Or on an ROU, if I was looking for action and adventure.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Spaztaztic » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:53 am UTC

This happened all the time in my first year, but only in flat D7. Man that place was kinda low

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby Makin » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:54 am UTC

jords wrote:I'm finding all this very confusing. Perhaps a car analogy?


You know...this is xkcd.

Btw, nice comic.

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Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Postby AL_ » Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:12 am UTC

saywhatman wrote:Yay! My first real "Randall get out of my head!" moment. I just learned about orbitals today in chemistry.

What you learnt, (assuming you're at high school or at the start of a degree) is almost certainly almost, but not quite entirely, completely wrong. It's a useful lie, of course, but still little like "reality".


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