The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 8
Issue 1 (2003) pp 10-12
The Covalent Bond Examined Using the Virial Theorem
Department of Chemistry, St. Johnís University and College of St.
Benedict, St., Joseph, MN 56374, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 15 January 2003
Abstract. The chemical bond is a concept of unique importance in chemistry that students first study seriously in a college or university general chemistry course. At first glance, the descriptions of covalent bond formation found in general chemistry texts seem plausible and comprehensible; however, when they are examined more carefully, it is found that they violate both classical and quantum mechanical principles.
Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; quantum mechanics; bonding
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