Pi and Sigma Bonds


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Shuyi Yu 1B
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Pi and Sigma Bonds

Postby Shuyi Yu 1B » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:25 am

Whats the difference between pi and sigma bonds? And why can there be two pi bonds but not two sigma bonds?

Mindy Kim 4C
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Re: Pi and Sigma Bonds

Postby Mindy Kim 4C » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:36 am

The difference in pi and sigma bonds lies in how the orbitals in a bond are oriented. In a sigma bond, the orbitals of the atoms involved in the bond overlap end to end while in a pi bond, the orbitals overlap in two places side by side. Therefore, pi bonds cannot be rotated without breaking the bond. There can be two pi bonds in a triple bond (two pi and one sigma), however there can never be more than one sigma bond.

Daniel_Frees_1L
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Re: Pi and Sigma Bonds

Postby Daniel_Frees_1L » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:28 pm

Also, I believe bonds always start with a sigma bond, and then pi bonds are added onto that with further bonding between the two atoms.

Madeera_Mian_3B
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Re: Pi and Sigma Bonds

Postby Madeera_Mian_3B » Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:59 pm

Also, Pi bonds are present with bonds greater than single bonds. Sigma bonds are present in single bonds and also double and triple bonds.

A De Castro 14B 2H
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Re: Pi and Sigma Bonds

Postby A De Castro 14B 2H » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:42 pm

I've always thought of sigma bonds as "head on collisions" between two orbitals, while pi bonds are just sideways overlaps between two orbitals. Once orbitals have "collided," they can't collide anymore, i.e. once a sigma bond has been formed between two atoms/molecules, another sigma bond can't form.


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