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In MOT , what do we mean by non-bonding orbitals? For example : For O 2 , 1s orbitals are considered non-bonding and the four electrons present in sigma1s and sigma * 1s orbitals are ignored. What does this mean??

In MOT , what do we mean by non-bonding orbitals? For example : For O2, 1s orbitals are considered non-bonding and the four electrons present in sigma1s and sigma*1s orbitals are ignored. What does this mean??

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Sakshi
askIITians Faculty 652 Points
6 years ago
hey student..
the non bonding orbitals you are referring to basically mean that these are those orbitals which do not take part in the bonding during the bond formation. As such you can see, the sigma and sigma* electrons cancel or balance out each other so they will not be available for the bond formation.

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