Problem: Show how a dxz atomic orbital and a pz atomic orbital combine to form a bonding molecular orbital. Assume the x-axis is the internuclear axis. Is a σ or a π molecular orbital formed? Explain.

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The shapes of dxz atomic orbital and a pz atomic orbital are shown below: 


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Show how a dxz atomic orbital and a pz atomic orbital combine to form a bonding molecular orbital. Assume the x-axis is the internuclear axis. Is a σ or a π molecular orbital formed? Explain.

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