This exercise was developed to help students predict bonding between s,p and d atomic orbitals.
A student should be able to:
- draw the s, p and d atomic orbitals correctly, including the orientation within the canonical axes
- Predict bonding between different types of atomic orbitals
- Classify a bond as either sigma, pi or delta
A model kit or access to models of the orbitals might be helpful to some students.
I handed this out as a HW assigment after completing the homo-orbital overlap (s-s, px-px, dz2-dz2, etc.) and defining the types of bonds. We also went over s-px, s-py and s-pz. Students had five days to complete the assignment outside of class.