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Atoms and Molecules

Molecules and Chemical Bonds

What are molecular orbitals?

Molecular orbitals are different from atomic orbitals in that they cover several atoms and possibly even a whole molecule. While atomic orbitals originate from a single atom, molecular orbitals are formed from combinations of the atomic orbitals. Because they allow electrons to occupy the space between the atoms in a molecule, they can provide a very useful description of chemical bonds holding atoms together.



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