Molecular Orbital Configuration: px/py?

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Pauline Tze 3B
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Molecular Orbital Configuration: px/py?

Postby Pauline Tze 3B » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:34 pm

When writing out the molecular orbital configuration for quizzes/exams, do we list (pipx)2 and (pipy)2 as separate entities or is it okay to simplify it to (pip)4?

Also, why do (pipx) and (pipy) have the same energy level? What exactly do they represent?

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Molecular Orbital Configuration: px/py?

Postby Aneesh_Gowri 1H » Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:05 pm

On tests and quizzes, I would probably differentiate and write (pipx)2 and (pipy)2 as separate entities. They both have the same energy level because they are both sub shells in the p orbital. The x and the y correspond to the ml quantum number. This notation tells you that a pi bond forms in the px and py sub shells. I hope this helps

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