The shapes of dxz atomic orbital and a pz atomic orbital are shown below:
In transition metals and other heavier elements, the d' alt="undefined" role="math" width="11" height="19" style="max-width: none; vertical-align: -4px;">' tabindex="0">d orbitals may combine with other orbitals of compatible symmetry (and energy) to form molecular orbitals.
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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