Atomic Orbital Mnemonics
How does one remember SPDFGHIK…? Remembering the S through K orbitals is the trick. After K, it goes alphabetical. (But skipping S and P, because they’ve already been done.) My search for atomic orbital mnemonic devices only turned up one that had sufficient character to stick those eight seemingly arbitrary letters in my mind.
The Standard Mnemonic
The one I found was pretty good, though:
Sober Physicists Don’t Find Giraffes Hiding In Kitchens.
Then I Was Unleashed Upon the World of Mnemonics…
But I still felt the world of atomic orbital mnemonics could use a little more character, so here are a few of my own. If you’re having trouble getting atomic orbitals to stick in your mind, have no fear: just try to get these horrible mnemonics to unstick!
Super Pig Don’t Fly Good; (dat) Hog Is Kapow.
Scientists, Please! Don’t Forgo Gazing at Heisenberg’s Ill Kicks!
Lookin’ pretty confident…for a guy who was famous for being uncertain.
And no, that’s not supposed to be Bill Clinton. In my defense, this was the chin, slicked hair, and self-satisfied mug I was shooting for.
And I believe these two atomic orbital mnemonics are their own illustration. Let your own sick imagination flesh them out.
Some Pyro Doled Flame, Gasoline; Had Immediate Kablooey.
Space Pirates Don’t Foxtrot; Galactic Hopscotch Is da Kicks.