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Molecular orbitals: N2

The animation below shows the bonding interaction of nitrogen 2s orbitals on two nitrogen atoms as they approach. The two dots represent the N nuclei. The rather strange looking inner structures are the radial nodes of the two 2s orbitals.


The σs-bond in dinitrogen (N2).


The bonding interaction of nitrogen 2s orbitals on two nitrogen atoms as they approach..

Note that more advanced treatments of the bonding show that this orbital is not a pure 2s + 2s combination; instead there is also some 2p character as well.

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