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Michael Cardenas 1A wrote:I was wondering why Pi bonds are specifically sideways overlapping?
I think it has something to do with the fact that when they overlap this way, the axes of each molecule remain parallel to each other. Because of this, pi-bonds are always weaker than sigma-bonds since there's less material overlapping. Though why they were categorized this way I don't know.
Pi bonds refer to covalent bonds because pi bonds represent the sharing of orbitals (usually p-orbitals) and covalent bonding is when electrons are shared as opposed to ionic bonds in which electrons are transfered. Hope this helps!
Just covalent bonds because in covalent bonds, electrons are shared thus, orbitals are overlapped so they can share. But with ionic bonds, the electrons are transferred from one element to the next so there is essentially no sharing
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