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A Pictorial Approach To Molecular Orbital Bonding In Polymers: Non-Mathematical But Honest, Gordon J. Miller, John G. Verkade Jan 1999

A Pictorial Approach To Molecular Orbital Bonding In Polymers: Non-Mathematical But Honest, Gordon J. Miller, John G. Verkade

Chemistry Publications

The generator orbital (GO) approach is a useful tool for teaching students how to visualize, pictorially, the MO's in a wide assortment of discrete organic, organometallic, metal complex, and cluster molecules possessing a variety of structures. We describe a novel and useful extension of this non-mathematical but honest learning concept to a timely and important class of molecules, namely, polymers. Two examples are treated by our pictorial method: one is s-bonded polyethylene and the other is p-conjugated polyacetylene.