Pi Bonds

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Geoffrey Zhang 3I
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Pi Bonds

Postby Geoffrey Zhang 3I » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:21 pm

Will pi bonds always be in the p orbitals? Are there any other possibilities because I'm having difficulties visualizing it. For example, in the 2014 practice midterm, C and O form pi bonds only in 2p.

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Re: Pi Bonds

Postby Ruiz Samantha 2C » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:20 am

In question 8 from midterm 2014: C and O have pi bonds because Carbon creates a double bond with Oxygen which means that 1 of those bonds is a sigma and the other is a pi. Therefore the notation is pi(C2p, O2p) because there is a pi corresponding to C and O.

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Re: Pi Bonds

Postby Joslyn_Santana_2B » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:40 pm


Here are some notes I took of a TA's explanation of visualizing the Pi bonds. Hope this helps!

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Re: Pi Bonds

Postby Amy_Shao_2D » Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:59 am

To answer your first question, yes pi bonds will always be in the p orbitals.

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Re: Pi Bonds

Postby Akash_Kapoor_1L » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:08 am

I had a similar question, which elements have the greatest tendencies to form Pi bonds and why do elements form Pi bonds instead of other alternatives?

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