Sigma & Pi Bonds

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Sigma & Pi Bonds

Postby giareyes_2B » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:24 pm

Can someone please explain the reasoning behind why sigma bonds have a lower energy than pi bonds?

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Re: Sigma & Pi Bonds

Postby Michael Sparks 2F » Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:48 pm

In the case of sigma bonds, there is a strong overlap between the regions of electron density, whereas with pi bonds, the overlapping p orbitals do not overlap as much, causing a weaker bond to form.

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