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Abstract Volume 6 Issue 5 (2001) pp 288-290

The Covalent Bond in H2

Frank Rioux

Department of Chemistry, St. John’s University, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN 56374

Published online: 1 October 2001

Abstract. Ruedenberg’s approach to bonding in H2+ is applied to the two-electron covalent bond in H2. A simplified analysis yields the same conclusion as Ruedenberg’s more rigorous treatment; kinetic energy plays a crucial role in chemical bond formation.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; Ruedenberg's approach; kinetic energy; chemical bond 

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Issue date: October 1, 2001

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