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Questions about how the atomic orbitals of the dissociated atoms combine to give individual chemical bonds when a molecule is formed.

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About covalant bound for molecule : repulsion of electrons?

I try to understand, from the electromagnetic side only, how the molecule could be more stable than each atom, and concluded that it could not. Where is my mistake ? Here is an illustration : By using ...
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Misconception in valence bond theory

Since the overlap increases with directional properties of orbital, $$\ce{p - p > s - s > s - p}$$ However it is also observed that the bond strength of $$\ce{H-F > H-H > F-F}$$ $$\ce{\{s ...
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Effect of magnetization on oxidation (rusting) of iron

Can magenetizing a piece of iron bar slow-down (or speed-up) the oxidation (rusting) process? In other words have any influence on it ? From what I've looked up( wikipedia, quora), it appears that the ...
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Why does F replace the axial bond in PCl5?

Why does $\ce{F}$ replace an axial bond in $\ce{PCl5}$? I realize that it would be more stable there than at equatorial bond, but what is the reason of its stability? Similarly in $\ce{AB4}$ type of ...
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Comparison between Molecular Orbital Theory and Valence Bond Theory

I have been reading about introductory Molecular Orbital Theory lately. Till now, I have used Valence Bond Theory to evaluate bonding. I have a few questions about it:- In VBT, we used the idea that ...
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How can the hybridisation schemes of transition metal complexes be determined?

Lets say I have to find hybridisation of $\ce{[Ni(CO)_4]}$ and $\ce{[Ni(CN)_4]^{2-}}$. The metal atom/ion in these compounds are $\rm Ni$ and $\rm Ni^{2+}$ respectively. So the outer shell ...
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Why isn't just a fully occupied valence s orbital stable?

Why arent elements like calcium with an electron configuration of $[\text{noble gas}]\ n\mathrm{s}^2$ stable, although all the populated orbitals are fuully filled? Why is it necessary to obtain an ...
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Maximum number of coplanar atoms in difluorotrimethylphosphorane

In $\ce{PF2(CH3)3},$ what is the maximum number of atoms lying in one plane? $\ce{P}$ is the central atom with the hybridization $\mathrm{sp^3d}.$ Two $\ce{F}$ atoms will form axial bonds with it, ...
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Comparing bond angles in carbonyl dichloride and carbonyl dibromide

Background I was studying VSEPR and hybridization theory and one of the popular questions in many textbooks was comparison of bond angle of $\ce{NH3}$, $\ce{NF3}$ and $\ce{NCl3}$. $\ce{NF3}$ had ...
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How to determine the shape of hybridized atomic orbitals in VB theory?

From diagrams, it's rather obvious how $sp$ orbitals are hybridized - the hybrids are just a composite of the $s$ and the $\pm p_{(x)}$ orbitals. However, $sp^2$ orbitals are not just composites of $s,...
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But what are anti-bonding pi-orbital? In search for an intuitive explanation [closed]

Imagine that you want to explain to an undergraduate why they have to to shade the pi-orbitals in a symmetrical way, i.e. dark on top (+), white on bottom (-) for two neighbouring pi-orbitals because ...
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Is hypervalency a real thing? [duplicate]

I saw a proper debate going on between answers to a question about whether the octet rule could be violated. Some people were pointing to hypervalency in period 3 elements, due to the available d-...
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Why does Sulfur have 12 valence electrons in the Sulfate ion? [duplicate]

So I am completely and utterly confused about why sulfur has $12$ valence electrons. I understand in it's configuration, it has $2$ electrons for the $3\mathrm s$ subshell, and $4$ electrons from its $...
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Hybridization state of oxygen in carbonyl sulfide (COS) [duplicate]

I've been scratching my head on this one for awhile here. In a carbonyl sulfide (COS) molecule, what is the hybridization state of oxygen? Carbonyl sulfide is composed of a single carbon atom double ...
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Backbonding in phosphorous pentoxide

I read this today in a book that $\ce{P=O}$ in $\ce{P4O10}$ consists of a coordinate bond and pπ-dπ backbonding, but why does this happen? Can't phosphorus share its lone pair with one of the lone ...
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Why does this ligand form 6-coordinate complexes with Transition elements and 8-coordinate complexes with Inner transition elements? [closed]

What change takes place in the denticity of this ligand if it is an inner-transition metal ion vs a common transition metal? Primarily, why does the ligand behaves differently with the two situations ...
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Hypervalency of orthonitrate

I have always believed that it is impossible for the atoms of period 2 elements (when they are the central atoms in polyatomic ions/molecules) to accommodate more than 8 electrons in their valence ...
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Why are pi bonds only formed when sigma bonds are formed?

While studying about bonding there was one statement that "pi bonds can only be formed only with sigma bonds" as we know that in double bond there is 1 sigma bond and 1 pi bond but then one question ...
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Can one describe the bonding of Na to F in terms of molecular orbital theory? What about valence bond theory?

I would kindly appreciate an explanation in terms of the two accepted quantum mechanical theories -valence bond & molecular orbitals- for the electronic energy level structure in natrium fluoride $...
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Bonding and coordination of oxygen in a Ga2O3 crystal structure [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the crystal structure of gallium oxide ($\ce{Ga2O3}$). However, I find the images of the crystal structure in the peer-reviewed journals problematic. First, I hop to the wikipedia ...
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Reason for shorter bond between sulphur and oxygen?

I recently came across this sentence in my textbook: the bonds between sulphur and oxygen in oxides of sulphur ($\ce{SO2}$ and $\ce{SO3}$) are much shorter than might be expected for a single bond. ...
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(Mis)understanding on MOT

In VBT, one can understand the example of hydrogen like this - Two hydrogen atoms come closer to each other, and their orbitals overlap, stabilize, and ultimately result in a bond. This is not too ...
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Graphite: Thermal and electrical conductivity

I recently encounter this question: Compare, while providing an explanation, the thermal and electrical conductivity of graphite to that of diamond. Provided answer: Graphite conducts electricity(...
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Hybridization theory (orbitals used in different hybridizations)

Why is $d_{x²-y²}$ orbital used in $sp^3d$ (square pyramidal geometry) while $d_{z^2}$ orbital in $sp^3d$ (trigonal bipyramidal geometry)? I came across this information while reading J.D.Lee Concise ...
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Reconciling electron configuration and valence electron distribution over separate energy levels in energy band theory [duplicate]

The electron configuration of a Silicon atom in its ground state is $\ce{1s^2 2s^2 2p^2 3s^2 3p^2}$, or equivalently, $\ce{[Ne] 3s^2 3p^2}$. When looking at the energy-level scheme of a silicon atom, ...
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Valency of each atom in a molecule with python

Consider ethanol, where each carbon atom has a valency of 4 and oxygen a valency of -2. I would like to determine these values for many compounds given their SMILES or InChI keys. (For the purpose of ...
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What Causes Atomic Orbitals to Hybridise?

I'm finding it difficult to visualise the process of hybridisation. Taking the example of formation of $\ce{CH4}$, can it viewed as the collapsing of the p orbitals of the Carbon atoms as they get "...
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Determine the bond angle in a compound [closed]

How can we find the bond angle between 3 atoms in a compound? Please specify an equation which can be used for all compounds.
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Do filled Orbitals also hybridize?

Recently I was watching a video on Valence Bond Theory, on the MIT Open-Course youtube channel. The teacher there said that For hybridization to occur, electron promotion from fully filled ...
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How are the hybrid orbitals of sulfur hexafluoride shaped?

On the fluorine end the fluoride atoms are simply completing a $3p$ orbital. On the sulfur end one could posit a hybrid of one $3s$ orbital, two $3p$ orbitals and a three inner $2p$ orbitals. However,...
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Magnetic nature of tetraamminedichlorocobalt(III) chloride

I know how to predict magnetic nature when the compound contains only strong field or only weak field ligands. But in $\ce{[Co(NH3)4Cl2]Cl},$ $\ce{NH3}$ is a strong ligand whereas $\ce{Cl-}$ is a weak ...
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Confusion about hybridization terminology

I was just introduced to the concept of orbital hybridization. I believe I understand the idea behind it, but there is some accompanying terminology that prevents me from achieving a greater ...
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How does VB theory explain the bond angles in SiO2?

Silicon dioxide has a huge variety of structures. Most of them have a tetrahedral $\ce{SiO2}$ unit cell — the $\ce{O–Si–O}$ angle is $109.5°$, accordingly. The VB/hybridization approach to this ...
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Why are sulfur trioxide and nitrate not isoelectronic, even though both have the same number of outer electrons?

Though $\ce{SO3}$ has the same number of outer electrons as $\ce{NO3-}$, the two are not isoelectronic. This statement is from JD Lee, but I could not understand why is he calling these two molecules ...
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Is bonds in CO is all 3 coordinate bonds or 2 covalent and 1 coordinate bonds?

Below image is as available in India's Class 11 NCERT Chemistry book vol 1 Page 104. I am confused as it states all 3 bonds are kind of coordinate bonds. Should it not start with 2 covalent bonds and ...
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What is the hybridization of chromium in chromate and dichromate ions?

I was recently reading about the transition metals and some important compounds of them. I came across a rather interesting diagram in my book... a tetrahedral structure for the chromate ion. The only ...
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Why is the valency of the Calcium (Ca) Bohr model, set to 2 electrons, instead of 1 electron for stability? [duplicate]

This is an Ascii table for the elements on the 4th period (row) of the periodic table, and distribution of electrons in each orbit. ...
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Why do the d orbitals contract when pairing of electrons start, because the size should increase due to increase in energy

The energy of an orbital is proportional to its mean radial distance, and since the 3d orbital is much larger it is much higher in energy than the 3s and 3p orbitals All references from JD Lee ...
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How to find the valence of transition elements?

Let's take Iron for example As we can see there are 4 desolate electrons in normal state. Can you tell me which electron moves to make the valence 2 and then 3. We have learnt to find the valence ...
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Bonding in the nitrate anion [duplicate]

Hi so I was studying chemical bonding where i encountered a problem which is stated below. When we talk about ${NO_3}^-$ we draw its structure as following But the thing which I dont understand is ...
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Bond dissociation energy among halogens [duplicate]

Among the halogens, why is it that the fluorine has the lowest bond dissociation enthalpy, considering the fact that fluorine is the smallest and the internuclear distance between the fluorine ...
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How one can calculate Si-O-Ca/Mg valence angle energy?

I want to perform the relaxed scan (or relaxed surface scan) for the valence angle energy of Si–O–Ca, Si–O–Mg, Al–O–Ca, and Al–O–Mg. I will use DFT (ORCA), probably B3LYP and triple zeta basis set (...
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Is dihydrogen the only example of overlap between two s orbitals?

I heard that $\ce{H2}$ is the only example of s–s orbital overlap. Can anyone give an example which contradicts this statement?
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Reason behind hybridisation [duplicate]

I have been taught that orbitals can overlap only when all of them are in the same energy state. That is the reason why the orbitals hybridise in a kind of 'mixing up' and give rise to orbitals having ...
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Why are d(xy),d(yz) and d(xz) orbitals involved in d³s hybridisation?

Shouldn't d(x²-y²) dxy and dz² orbitals participate? Since this corressponds to the best case overlap? What factors decide the participating orbitals in hybridisation? P.S I am well versed with the ...
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Doubt regarding timeline of events and development of theories

I recently studied Zaitsev's and Hoffman's rules for deciding which product is formed via elimination and noticed that the rules for formulated much before the discovery of electrons and any ...
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Can a s orbital overlap with any p orbital to form a sigma bond?

In internet resources, only $p_z$ orbitals are shown to overlap with $s$ orbitals to form sigma bond. But my teacher says that according to Valence Bond Theory, $s$ orbital overlaps with all three $...
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Why is $1s-1s$ orbital overlapping stronger than $2p_x-2p_x$ orbital overlapping?

Assume the x-axis to be the internuclear axis. Hence, both $1s-1s$ and $2p_x-2p_x$ will form $\sigma$ bonds. Also consider the fact that $p$ orbitals have more directional characteristics. Given the ...
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Why is it not possible for seven close copper atoms to come together to gain a noble-gas configuration of valence electrons?

My textbook says the following about metallic bonding: The metal copper has one valence electron. The valence electrons of nearby copper atoms are shared in a similar way to covalently bonded ...
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How to Choose Orbitals for Hybridization

Recently, I was reviewing my textbook regarding orbital hybridization, and one of the problems was to determine the hybridization of each of the atoms in $\text{CO}_2$. I understand why the ...