Anti-Bonding Orbitals Definition

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Marisa_Woo_2G
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Anti-Bonding Orbitals Definition

Postby Marisa_Woo_2G » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:50 pm

Hi all!

I was wondering if someone could give me a definition of anti-bonding orbitals? Does this just refer to the energy levels in the molecular orbital theory?

Thanks in advance!

KelseyKobayashi_2M
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Re: Anti-Bonding Orbitals Definition

Postby KelseyKobayashi_2M » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:09 pm

Marisa_Woo_3J wrote:Hi all!

I was wondering if someone could give me a definition of anti-bonding orbitals? Does this just refer to the energy levels in the molecular orbital theory?

Thanks in advance!

I think we'll mainly need to know that it is a type of molecular orbital that, when occupied, ends up weakening the bond between the two atoms (which is seen in the bond order equation). With the diagrams, we can also see that the anti-bonding orbitals are higher energy as well.


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