A method of studying bonds between atoms in which electrons' motions are defined as being all around the molecule, though influenced by nuclei.

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Difference between oxygens in a carboxylic acid?

I've been reading about MO theory and am wondering if the traditional model of carboxylic acids is correct. Usually, how it's presented is that the carbonyl carbon is doubly bonded to one oxygen and ...
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What are good books about MO theory that don't require a lot of math background?

Are there any books about MO theory that explain the theory to a certain detail but don't rely on a lot of math background or explain the math within the book?
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How can hybrid orbitals be equivalent?

How can hybrid orbitals be equivalent? Take, for example, $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybridization. The wave functions of each hybrid orbitals are given by: \begin{align} \psi_1 &= \psi_s + \psi_{p_x} + ...
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Is the hybridization only related to atomic orbitals but not to the molecular orbitals?

What is Hybridization? Spelling: Hybridisation (British English) / Hybridization (American English) The hybridization is a concept that describes atomic orbitals. In other words: Hybridization is an ...
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Is the para-position of anisoles more reactive than ortho in electrophilic substitutions?

In my group’s seminar last Friday, we discussed the total synthesis of 6-demethyl-6-deoxytetracycline 1 by Woodward et al.[1] One intermediate of their synthesis is meta-substituted anisole 2 that ...
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Free Web-Based Orbital Solver to look into the Walsh orbitals of a perturbed cyclopropane

There exists a free online orbital calculator. When I draw cyclopropane it plots three molecular orbitals, but unfortunately it doesn't use the Walsh orbitals. Are there any free online tools which ...
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Subtracting wave functions?

In molecular orbital theory bonding of two atoms can be seen as addition or subtraction of the wave functions of these atoms. Addition seems pretty logical and straight-forward - atoms overlap their ...
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Limitations of Lewis structures

Using Lewis structures to describe chemical bonds inside a molecule is still fairly common start in undergraduate education. Lewis structure however can be misleading, or just simply wrong in many ...
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Can I predict the preferred resonance structure of carbon monoxide from its molecular orbital scheme?

Because of the 8-valence electron rule I assume in CO the left resonance structure to be favored . $$\ce{:\!\overset{\ominus}{C}#\overset{\oplus}{O}\!: ~<->~ :\!C=O\!:: ...
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Are the bonding orbitals in methane equivalent - photoelectron spectrum

The low energy portion (the part dealing with the $\ce{2s}$ and $\ce{2p}$ electrons) of the photoelectron (PE) spectrum of methane is reproduced below. (image source) The reaction being examined ...
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What does it mean when it is said that an sp³ orbital has 25% s character?

My textbook frequently mentions: $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybrid orbital has 25% $\mathrm{s}$-character and 75% $\mathrm{p}$-character. What are these "characters"? And how do these characters influence ...
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Is azide paramagnetic?

Is an azide ion paramagnetic? How do I use MO theory to show that it is or isn't? I drew a sine wave diagram and filled up the 1pi and 2pi MOs, and since there is no unpaired electron, can I ...
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What is a non-classical carbocation?

What is a non-classical carbocation? How is it different from a classical carbocation? I am confused as I have come across this term many times on Chem.SE but there seems to be nothing for my ...
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Torquoselectivity: Disrotatory ring opening

In organic chemistry lecture we discussed the beginning of the Woodward Hoffmann Rules with a key step of the vitamin B12 synthesis. (The initial paper from their work can be found here: ...
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How can the dipole moment of carbon monoxide be rationalised by molecular orbital theory?

Despite the fact that oxygen is much more electronegative than carbon, the bond in $\ce{CO}$ presents a weak dipole moment. This observation can easily be explained using the concept of "dative bond", ...
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Molecular orbitals of CH2 an SLACs

I was wondering about molecular orbitals of methylene different states 1B1 3B1 1A1 and how are they connected to symmetry point group lower case 1a1, etc orbitals what those numbers and alphabets ...
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Understanding FHF- molecular orbital diagram?

I need help understanding the molecule FHF-'s molecular orbital diagram: So I know that "ag" refers to the 2pz and 2s orbitals of fluorine atoms...but I am not sure why "ag" is labeled for the ...
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MO for $N_2^{2-}$

Could someone please show me the MO diagram for $\ce{N_2^{2-}}$? What I did was since N has 5 valence $\ce{e^{-}}$, then $\ce{N_2}$ must have 10, and $\ce{N_2^{2-}}$ must have 12. And $\ce{N}$ has $s$ ...
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Why does iodine have different colors in different mediums?

It is violet in trichloromethane, but brown in water. why? In the Shriver Atkins book, they tried to explain this using Molecular Orbital Theory which was not clear to me
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Orbitals involved in Ni(CO)₄

Which orbitals are filled? Is it diamagnetic? According to CFT, $\ce{CO}$ is a strong field ligand, so will it pair the electrons and be diamagnetic?
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Do core electrons have molecular orbitals?

Valence electrons are associated with molecular orbitals and hybridizations. Do core electrons have molecular/hybridized orbitals, or the original atomic orbitals?
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Higher energy π HOMO

Which is higher in energy? Cyclohexanone enol or cyclohex-2-en-1-ol? Okay from what I understand a higher pi HOMO is synonymous with more nucleophilic. So I would expect cyclohex-2-en-1-ol to have ...
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Which is More Stable with Boranes: Amines or Phosphines?

Given borane's ($\ce{BH3}$) LUMO, which of these Lewis bases would have a more stabilizing interaction? In acid bases that means the higher HOMO and lower LUMO equals a stronger dative bond I ...
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HOMO and LUMOs of Carbon based Compounds

Why are the HOMO and LUMOs often $\pi$ orbitals in carbon based compounds that contain multiple double bonds or conjugation such as ethene and butadiene?
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Is s-p mixing referring to hybridization or is it the mixing of one atoms s orbital with the other's p orbital?

According to molecular orbital theory s and p orbitals can mix if they are close enough in energy to each other. For period 2 diatomics, this occurs for $\ce{Li, ~Be, ~B,~ C}$ and $\ce{N}$ - in the ...
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In molecular orbital theory, why does s-p mixing in the dinitrogen molecule not effect the 1σᵤ orbital?

s-p mixing in $\ce{N2}$ causes the $1\sigma _g$ orbital to decrease in energy, the $2 \sigma _g$ orbital to increase in energy (to higher than the $1 \pi _u$) yet the $1 \sigma _u$ is left unchanged ...
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Diels-Alder without molecular orbital theory

So the prof got to Diels-Alder without discussing it in the context of molecular orbital theory. Instead we got a resonance picture of what happens... this is what he told us: 1) 1,3-butadiene has ...
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MO scheme for coordination complexes (tetrahedral) - Heteroligand vs. homoligand

How is the MO diagram drawn for a tetrahedral complex with heteroligands (e.g. $\ce{[NiCl2(PPh3)2]}$) different from a tetrahedral complex with the same type of ligand? Do we consider the same "a1 and ...
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MO diagram of N2(2-)

In the MO diagram of $N_2^{2-}$, does s-p mixing happen (is the $п_{2p}$ orbital below or above sigma 2p)? As it is isoelectronic with oxygen, I think that the s-p mixing shouldn't happen.
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Which of the following molecules is more stable? [closed]

I want to know which molecule is more stable: $\ce{N2-}$ or $\ce{N2^2-}$. Also which has the greatest bond length?
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Why does symmetry have to be maintained in molecular orbitals?

Using the example of $\ce{XeF4}$: What is the physical explanation enforcing the symmetry of the $\ce{1b_{1g}}$ orbital on the fluorine atoms? Why isn't the symmetry of a nonbonding orbital ...
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why do 2 atomic orbitals form 2 molecular orbitals?

According to molecular orbital theory, two atomic orbitals form two molecular orbitals analogous to waves combining constructively or destructively but how can a wave combine destructively and ...
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How to know whether s-p mixing will happen in heteronuclear molecules?

How do I know whether s-p mixing would occur in some diatomic heteronuclear molecules like CN, CO, NO etc?
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Using MO theory, give an explanation for the C-C bond length in cyanogen

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 2. The attempt at a solution I know that the MO diagram for CN- is this: I am unsure how to draw the MO diagram for cyanogen. I know ...
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Draw a simplified MO diagram for the pi system of Methyl vinyl ether

My attempt at the answers: i) 2 bond pairs and 2 lone pairs on oxygen atom therefore bond angle of slightly less than 109.5 degrees, around 104 degrees. ii) 120 degrees bond angle therefore sp2 ...
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How many electrons are there in the pi-system of cyanogen?

I know that there are 18 electrons available for bonding in the entire molecule, and that 6 of these are used for sigma bonds. That leaves 12 left over. Which molecular orbitals best describe the ...
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What is the usage of orbitals more complex than f orbitals?

Every high school learner, in each corner of the world, faces the lesson History of Atom during his courses, just as I did. We learned about s,p,d and f orbitals, though there were no signs of ...
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Search materials by HOMO, LUMO and work function

I need to search organic semiconductors for organic photovoltaics (OPV) by their HOMO, LUMO, work function at 300K (as I understand, WF cannot be derived from HOMO and LUMO because semiconductor can ...
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What are the molecular orbitals of the hypothetical linear H₃⁺ molecule?

What would be the wave function of the lowest energy molecular orbital of a hypothetical linear H3+ molecule? According to the LCAO method, I feel the lowest energy MO will be 1s(A) + 1s(B) + 1s(C). ...
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Delocalization of pi electrons in nitrate ion

In my textbook, as examples of delocalization of pi electrons, benzene and nitrate ion have been considered. Benzene, due to symmetry of its resonating structures is simple enough. We assume that ...
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How to explain the effect of hyperconjugation on the stability of alkenes with MO theory?

Hyperconjugation stabilizes carbocations and that makes sense because electrons are given to the empty p orbital. But how does it stabilize alkenes ? Can MOT be used to explain it ?
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Non stationary effects of molecular orbitals

We have been learning a bit about molecular orbitals in class. However, we have always considered things under a quasistatic approximation. What are some effects that can only be explained by not ...
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How is ethanenitrile protonated?

I know that the proton will attack the HOMO, but I'm having difficulty imagining how this will happen. Thank you.
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How can BN be paramagnetic?

I read something recently that said "BN has been observed in the gas phase, is paramagnetic, and has a vibrational frequency lower than N2. These properties can be explained by the molecular orbital ...
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Why does AlCl3 dimerise to Al2Cl6 at low temperatures?

I know that it has something to do with HOMOs and LUMOs (I can't what the HOMO/LUMO for AlCl3 is, though).
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Relating Molecular Orbital Theory and Valence Bond Theory

As I have studied both the theories only superficially, I am unable to correlate them. I would like to know the link between the two.
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Molecular Orbital Theory and No. of bonds

The order of filling of molecular orbitals $\ce{O2}$ by MOT is this : But from it, how can I deduce that there is one sigma and one pi bond in an oxygen molecule ?
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The “rules” for LCAOs in Molecular Orbital Theory

In our course on physical chemistry, which involves MOT, we have been taught that in the LCAO approach, the wave function for a molecule... say hydrogen ion, can be approximated by a linear ...
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Why is an excited helium dimer created in this collision experiment?

Why does a collision between an excited helium molecule (He*) and a ground-state helium atom create He2*? Is it something to do with the lower-energy orbitals? I'm not really sure at all.
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MO theory methods other than LCAO

What methods other than linear combination of atomic orbitals does MO theory use? Which one is the most accurate and comprehensive?