MOT is really confusing me.
I was taught that the no. of orbitals remains conserved.That means, the number of atomic orbitals used is equal in number to the molecular orbitals formed.
But how is it possible in the following case?
For example in Case 1, I take a positive lobe of a p orbital and combine it head on with the positive lobe of another p orbital I get a bonding MO.
In a different scenario i.e Case 2, I take a positive lobe of a p orbital and combine it head on with the negative lobe of another p orbital to get an antibonding MO.
So overall I have used 4 atomic orbitals (2 in each case) to get 2 MO( one bonding and one antibonding). So what is happening here? Am I missing something?