molecular orbital


: a solution of the Schrödinger equation that describes the probable location of an electron relative to the nuclei in a molecule and so indicates the nature of any bond in which the electron is involved

Examples of molecular orbital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each floor has a single room representing one of these locations, or molecular orbitals. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023

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First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of molecular orbital was in 1932

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“Molecular orbital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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