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Molecular orbital theory: assigning electrons

  1. Mar 21, 2013 #1
    Hello,

    Is it true that according to molecular orbital theory valence electrons in molecules are not assigned to individual atoms?

    Does this mean that even lone pairs are not assigned to inidividual atoms in a molecule , but rather assigned to a specified area across the molecule?


    Thanks!!
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 21, 2013 #2
    More or less, yes.

    Molecular orbitals are orbitals for the entire molecule.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2013 #3
    Thanks I really appreciate your help!
     
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