Problem: How is the number of molecular orbitals approximated by a linear combination of atomic orbitals related to the number of atomic orbitals used in the approximation?

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We have to explain how the number of molecular orbitals is related to the number of atomic orbitals in the linear combination of atomic orbitals.


This problem is related to molecular orbital theory.

Molecular orbital theory is a quantum mechanical approach to explain the bonding in molecules.

In contrast to the valence bond theory where the bonding electrons (shared electrons) are located between the two atoms forming the bond, the molecular orbital theory states that bonding electrons are spread all over the molecule.

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How is the number of molecular orbitals approximated by a linear combination of atomic orbitals related to the number of atomic orbitals used in the approximation?

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