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Abstract Volume 9 Issue 2 (2004) pp 67-69

Orbital Alignments

Carl W. David

Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3060,
Received October 2, 2003. Accepted November 20, 2003.

Published online: 13 February 2004

Abstract. The angular dependence of the overlap between adjacent p orbitals is derived. Using a single coordinate system for two orbitals is discussed, so that actual overlap integrals can be evaluated. This leads to understanding of how nuclear coordinates impinge on the forms of the associated electron orbitals.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; quantum

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Issue date: April 1, 2004

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