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Drawing out Sigma and Pi Bonds

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:32 pm
by madisondesilva1c
How are the orbitals of d level supposed to be arranged when drawing out the sigma / pi bonds? Can the bonds happen between any two orbitals in the d orbitals or are there certain orientations which are more preferred?

Re: Drawing out Sigma and Pi Bonds

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:37 pm
by Rebecca Altshuler 1D
I believe the way a sigma bond for a d orbital would work is that two adjacent d-orbitals would join to make a bond on the internuclear axis. I don't think it really matters which orbitals, so long as they are directly adjacent. After the first sigma bond is formed, any additional bonds will have to be pi bonds, and these will have to be formed from the corresponding d-orbitals on either atom.