MO Diagrams

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MO Diagrams

Postby Kendall_Islam_3A » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:46 pm

Why is the 1s orbital not included in MO diagrams?

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Re: MO Diagrams

Postby Sarah_Heesacker_3B » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:51 pm

I think that the MO diagrams only include the valence electrons, so for most of the examples we've done like oxygen, the 1s orbital would not be included.

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Re: MO Diagrams

Postby Rishi_Kayathi_1E » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:19 pm

Bonding involves only the outermost valence electrons. Since the 1s orbitals do not participate in bonding they are not included in the diagram.

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