Jordan C. Poler
H2+ MO Bonding and AntiBonding Orbitals
Robert Zschocher, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Fowler S. Bush, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Jordan C. Poler, University of North Carolina Charlotte
To introduce students toMO Theory by use of theone-electron hydrogen molecule ion, H2+. The essential features of bonding of this molecule can be used as a guide to the structures of more complex molecules. Studentsfamiliarity with functions related to the linear combination of atomic orbitals andmolecular orbitals and studyhow variation in the distance between the hydrogen atoms affects the shape of the contour diagram, and the consequent bonding energy.