28 Jul 2008

Battle of the Theories: Valence-Bond vs. Molecular-Orbital

In-Class Activity

Submitted by Patrick Holland, Yale University
Course Level: 

This Challenge practices both VB and MO models, and can be used to show the superiority of MO models for explaining simple molecules like O2 and CH4. It also demonstrates how scientists make rational choices between theories. Inorganic Challenges are exercises designed to be solved by a small group of students. Some Challenges practice a problem-solving algorithm, some reinforce important concepts, and some involve creativity or games. You can pick and choose Challenges from our Web site to increase active learning in your classroom, and we ask that you contribute creative Challenges of your own to give a head start to teachers at other colleges and universities! Please visit http://chem.rochester.edu/~plhgrp/iicf/subjects.htm

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Time Required: 
30-40 minutes
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