Molecular Orbital Theory: Tutorial and Diagrams


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Which of the following statements BEST explains the molecular orbital theory?

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1. What happens when both of the orbitals in a molecule are in phase, either both positive or both negative, and the electrons in the bonds are at their lowest energy level?

2. What does bond order refer to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will gauge your knowledge of the molecular orbital theory. Topics on the quiz include what the molecular orbital theory describes and the meaning of bond order.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • Description of the molecular orbital theory
  • Definition of bond order
  • Characteristics of bond energy
  • What happens in constructive interference

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what happens in constructive interference and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of bond energy
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as molecular orbital theory and bond order

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Molecular Orbital Theory: Tutorial and Diagrams. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the molecular orbital theory
  • Explain the assumption behind the theory
  • Identify how to determine the shape of electron orbitals
  • Describe how carbon can bond to other elements
  • Appreciate the correlation between bond order and bond strength