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Do f-orbitals form sigma bonds?

  1. Sep 24, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    This is not a homework question.
    I found a question in my book that which orbitals form sigma bonds.
    I am wondering if any of the f-orbitals form sigma bonds?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Sep 25, 2011 #2
    bump :)
  4. Sep 27, 2011 #3
    Bump :)
    Would someone like to answer my question?
  5. Sep 27, 2011 #4


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    I don't know, but I strongly doubt.

    This will be handwavy.

    For sigma bond you need orbitals of a correct symmetry. Assuming there exists an f orbital of a correct symmetry (intuition tells me it does) it should be able to create sigma orbital. But f orbitals are "deep" in the atom and they don't participate in bonding.
  6. Sep 27, 2011 #5
    I think you are right.
    After a deep search too, i wasn't able to find any information on f-orbital sigma bonds.
    But what i found is that they form delta bonds. :smile:
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