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Jul 6, 2017

Orbits are elliptical accelerations, whereas orbitals are the probability density of electrons on certain energy levels being "somewhere" within an atom.


An orbit is a simple elliptical acceleration of one body around another as a function of some force.

In the context of quantum mechanics, an orbital is the probability density of a certain wave function plotted on an xyz plane. For instance, the 1s orbital is a sphere that grows as a function of increasing principal quantum number.