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Bonding and electron transfers using the model of electrons as a wave

  1. Nov 24, 2009 #1
    If an electron follows the quantum mechanics wave model then how does it undergo bonding?
    I don't understand how electron transfer occurs in bonding with the wave model. It is simple as explained by the point model but I just don't see the other case based on electrons as a wave?
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  3. Nov 25, 2009 #2


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    Quantum mechanics doesn't describe things as waves, but in a way that behaves analogous to waves. (in some situations) In that analogy, the orbital of an electron can be likened to a standing wave.

    I don't really know what you're talking about. Modeling electrons as classical point charges (or any other classical or semi-classical model) doesn't correctly explain atoms, much less chemical bonding.
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