I am a 12th grade student. I recently came across a statement that
An electron (like a photon) is neither a wave nor a particle. It is merely a solution to its wave function at that point.
Thus, solving the wavefunction of an electron in some atom (& limiting ourselves only to points of 90% probability), we get the electron's atomic orbital.
We cannot predict the exact location of an electron in an atom (at a given moment, or even at some moment in the future); we can only say with fair certainty that the electron would be (somewhere) in its orbital.
My questions are:
- Does the charge of the electron "travel" along with it, as the electron "moves" (unpredictably) in its orbital?
- Would this cause the electric field outside (or even inside) the atom at some point to fluctuate with time?
- Would the atomic orbital possess some (time averaged) "average charge density"? If so, can you provide me some hint on how to solve for it?
(Please let me know if my understanding of electrons in orbitals is completely wrong - I feel uncomfortable with it at times)