M.O. when out of phase

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M.O. when out of phase

Postby Nicole Gamboa 2M » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:13 pm

Hi everyone!
I was a little bit confused about what happens when atomic orbitals are out of phase. I know that you subtract the orbitals rather than adding them, but what would happen in the instance if the orbitals of O2 were out of phase? If you subtracted them then nothing would be left. What would that mean and is it possible to have that?

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Re: M.O. when out of phase

Postby Hannah_Chao_1D » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:42 pm

When the orbitals are out of phase, there is a node (probability of finding an electron is zero) and yes it is possible to have that.

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