Atom in a Box 4+

Dauger Research, Inc.

Designed for iPhone

    • 3.7 • 6 Ratings
    • $7.99

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Atom in a Box is an aid for visualizing the Hydrogenic atomic orbitals, the three-dimensional states that the electron occupies in Hydrogen, a prime and otherwise unwieldy example of Quantum Mechanics. It interactively shows what the Hydrogen atom "looks" like. Unique among visualizations of Quantum Mechanics, it uses highly optimized code to perform 3D volumetric raytracing through the electron wavefunction's probability density and presents its results in real-time. It animates and mathematically describes all 140 eigenstates up to the n=7 energy level. The app links to an online FAQ, and the atom rotates with multitouch and the accelerometer. The bottom line is: Explore! The user are meant to explore all aspects of the atom, what it is and what it can do.

What’s New

Version 1.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Updated to run as a 64-bit native app
Completed compatibility with iOS 11
Removed calls to deprecated iOS APIs
Added flexibility to screen sizes of more recent iPhone hardware
Fixed numerous cosmetic issues
Adjusted and rebalanced Atom Wars gameplay

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

tathata1 ,

Pearls before the swine

Pay no attention to those who obviously don’t have the intellect to understand or appreciate this product. Even if you have never solved the time independent Schrodinger equation for a central potential in three dimensions you can still enjoy this software. In essence, what it shows is the places where you would most likely find an electron in “orbit” around a hydrogen nucleus for the different energies the system can possess. Although this problem was mathematically solved early last century, methods of visualizing the complex mathematical functions as elegantly as simply as this are relatively new. Van Gogh’s Starry Night was painted a long time ago that doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful or isn’t important today. Ten dollars is inexpensive if you know what it takes to put something like this together. I would have paid double that. If you have done the math you will love this software. If you haven’t but you do have an open curious mind you can still appreciate it's beauty and maybe use it to inspire you to learn more about the fascinating subject of Quantum Mechanics.

Terhorstj ,

Wonderful app - please update!

I am they chemistry instructor and this app is immensely helpful for teaching about orbitals! PLEASE update it - it no longer works with iOS 11!

madelinemao ,


But it's not like there are any other applications that give hydrogen orbitals

App Privacy

The developer, Dauger Research, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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