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Pi Bonds

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:27 am
by Sydni Stewart
Why exactly do pi bonds break when they're rotated?

Re: Pi Bonds

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:47 am
by Chloe Qiao 4C
Imagine 2 p orbitals side by side to each other, there are two regions of overlapping for each pi bond. If you hold one of the orbitals unmoved and try to rotate the other, at least one of the overlapping regions will no longer exist. Therefore, when you try to rotate a pi bond, it breaks.