Thu November 22, 2012 By: Akshita Gautam

What is molecular orbital theory?

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Fri November 23, 2012
In chemistry, molecular orbital (MO) theory is a method for determining molecular structure in which electrons are not assigned to individual bonds between atoms, but are treated as moving under the influence of the nuclei in the whole molecule.
Molecular orbital (MO) theory uses a linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) to represent molecular orbitals involving the whole molecule. These are often divided into bonding orbitals, anti-bonding orbitals, and non-bonding orbitals
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