Molecular Orbital Theory

Asked by  | 23rd Jul, 2008, 08:29: AM

Expert Answer:

The +signs and  _ signs used to represents the crests and troughssimply represent the status of the electron wave along the internuclear axis. they have no concern of charges..

When the +part of an orbital overlaps with + part  of other orbital (electron waves are in phase),a bonding sigma molecular orbital is formed.

When the +part of an orbital overlaps with - part  of other orbital (electron waves are not in phase),a antibonding sigma molecular orbital is formed.

Answered by  | 23rd Jul, 2008, 10:04: AM

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