pi bond

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Kyle Thorin
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pi bond

Postby Kyle Thorin » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:56 pm

How can I distinguish a pi bond vs a sigma bond when they both require two orbitals and electrons to form?

Emily Chirila 2E
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Re: pi bond

Postby Emily Chirila 2E » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:20 pm

Pi bonds are only formed when two atoms are bound by more than 1 covalent bond (in a double or triple bond). Visually, you can think about the sigma bond first forming by 2 orbitals bonding end-to-end, then the pi bonds form after when the orbitals bond side-to-side

Jamie Lee 1F
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Re: pi bond

Postby Jamie Lee 1F » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:09 pm

Also, sigma bonds are always found in bonding, they are the first bonds to form, so any single bond will only be a sigma bond. Any bond added after that (double or triple bond) will be a pi bond.

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