Sigma Bond vs. Pi Bond

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Sigma Bond vs. Pi Bond

Postby Ashvi_Luthra_4H » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:19 pm

Why is it that sigma bonds can be rotated while rotation will break a pi bond?

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Re: Sigma Bond vs. Pi Bond

Postby Vana Mirzakhani 3I » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:50 pm

Sigma bonds can be rotated because they interact end to end with one electron bonded end to end. Because this electron is bonded end to end makes it possible for the sigma bond to rotate without breaking. On the other hand, pi bonds interact side to side with one electron bonded side to side, making it very easy to break the bond if trying to rotate. In a pi bond, both end of the bond are bonded, leaving no room for rotation without breaking.

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Re: Sigma Bond vs. Pi Bond

Postby hazelyang2E » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:46 pm

Additionally, sigma bonds have cyclical symmetry around the internuclear axis which allows the bound atoms to rotate. However, pi bongs have electron density on either side of the internuclear axis which prevents the bound atoms from rotating.

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