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We’re asked to identify the atomic orbitals (s or p) used to construct the MO for the given contour representation.
Recall that Molecular orbitals, MO are formed by combining the atomic orbitals on the atoms in the molecule.
Also, recall the shapes of the s and p atomic orbitals:
Based on the shape of the MO contour representation, we can see that:
For each of these contour representations of molecular orbitals, identify:
The atomic orbitals (s or p) used to construct the MO