Submitted by Jocelyn Lanorio / Illinois College on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 16:28
My Notes

This is a simple in-class activity that asks students to utilize any of the given available online orbital viewers to help them identify atomic orbital overlap and interactions. 

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Orbital Overlap and Interactions.docx 23.75 KB
Learning Goals

Following the activity, students will be able to:

  1. draw the s, p, and d atomic orbitals using the given coordinate axes
  2. analyze the orbital interaction by looking at their symmetry and overlap (or lack of)
  3. differentiate s, p, d, and nonbonding molecular orbital


Equipment needs

Internet connection and computer

Implementation Notes

This activity should be run in a computer lab.

Time Required
15 to 20 minutes


Evaluation Methods

Evaluation was conducted by the instructor walking around the computer lab to check progress and address the issues students had.

Evaluation Results

This LO was implemented once in advanced inorganic chemistry composed of 5 chemistry major students. Students clearly identified the type of orbital interactions and differentiated bonding, nonbonding, and antibonding MOs. Students commented that this is a great in-class activity before the discussion of MOs for diatomic molecules (Chapter 5 of MFT).

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