bonds relating to the internuclear axis

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Ethan Vuong 3G
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bonds relating to the internuclear axis

Postby Ethan Vuong 3G » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:27 pm

Can someone confirm my thought process about this? So sigma bonds have electron density with symmetry around the internuclear axis like a single stick which allows it to rotate, but pi bonds are an addition on the side of the internuclear axis which prevents rotation right? Is it due to the face that the p orbital has more lobes than the s orbital?

David Minasyan 1C
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Re: bonds relating to the internuclear axis

Postby David Minasyan 1C » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:20 pm

I think the way you're thinking of it is fine. I actually think about it in more simpler terms; I just think that if you try to rotate two balls (representing atoms) when they're stuck together by 2 sticks, then the sticks are gonna break, the same way the pi bonds would break.

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