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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 1 (2005) pp 15-21

Visualizing Molecular Orbitals

Carl W. David

Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3060,
Received February 18, 2004. Accepted October 31, 2004.

Published online: 19 January 2005

Abstract. Orbitals that are not centered on the origin are hard to visualize. Techniques for visualizing (a priori) multicentered molecular orbitals are presented to help the learning of the relationship between textbook cartoons of MOs and actual quantitative representations of them.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; quantum mechanics

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Issue date: February 1, 2005

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