* and Antibonding

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* and Antibonding

Postby Nasir_Ahmed » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:59 pm

So I just wanted to double check something. When talking about molecular orbitals, the * next to like a sigma means it is antibonding?

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Re: * and Antibonding

Postby Diana Catapusan 1N » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:50 pm

Yes, the * signifies anti-bonding. When calculating bond order, the sigma* or pi* orbitals allow you to recognize the number of electrons in that orbital.

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