Molecular orbital theory
Burdett, Jeremy K. Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
- Hydrogen molecule
- First-row diatomics
- Multicenter bonding
- Transition-metal complexes
- Symmetry considerations
- Orbital symmetry
- Frontier orbitals
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A quantum-mechanical model concerned with the description of the discrete energy levels associated with electrons in molecules. One useful way to generate such levels is to assume that the molecular orbital wave function (ψf ) may be written as a simple weighted sum of the constituent atomic orbitals (χi ) [Eq. (1)];
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