Nancy Scott Burke Williams, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College's blog

8 Mar 2015

MO Theory, mo problems

Submitted by Nancy Scott Burke Williams, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College

Some of you have already taken advantage of the hard work you've done this semester to create cool symmetry and MO problems, and shared the fruits of your labor with the community as part of our second Community Challenge!

For those who have been meaning to do so, but last week just got too busy, please feel free to submit something! We'll publish the collection of submissions this Friday, but we're publishing the LOs as they come in!

 

22 May 2014

ABIMABTBIB

Submitted by Nancy Scott Burke Williams, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College

OK, so that title was just unfair click-bait. It is an acronym for Anti-Bonding Is More Anti-Bonding Than Bonding Is Bonding. It refers to the way we draw molecular orbital diagrams. We usually draw them with the bonding orbital going down below the atomic orbitals of which it is comprised by, say, 10 cm on the whiteboard, and we make the antibonding orbital go *up* by 10 cm. 

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