Molecular Orbitals

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Molecular Orbitals

Postby 904564128 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:38 pm

I'm still a little confused why the sigma Pz orbital has a higher energy than the pi Px and pi Py orbitals when an element has an atomic number less than 8. Also, which type of molecular orbital diagram would I draw for a compound such as CCl4?

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Re: Molecular Orbitals

Postby Marla Dimetrios 3J » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:13 pm

For CCl4, you would use the diagram designed for atomic number less than 8 because C's atomic number is 6. so the diagram attached below. But, so far, in class we have been doing molecular orbital diagrams for two atoms; so, I don't know how it would work for five atoms.

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