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ERIC Number: EJ1067680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1756-1108
Comment on "Rabbit-Ears Hybrids, VSEPR Sterics, and Other Orbital Anachronisms": A Reply to a Criticism
Hiberty, Philippe C.; Danovich, David; Shaik, Sason
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v16 n3 p689-693 Jul 2015
This commentary summarizes the authors' basic disagreements with the paper, "Rabbit-Ears, VSEPR Sterics, and Other Orbital Anachronisms," which criticizes the authors' usage of the hybrid orbitals for H[subscript 2]O in their book, "A Chemist's Guide to Valence Bond Theory" (Shaik and Hiberty, 2008). The current article shows that the lone pairs ("rabbit ears") are not superior or anachronistic to the equivalent hybrid orbitals. The authors briefly summarize the frequently used sets of orbitals that can meaningfully describe a molecular electronic state, and subsequently, examine the critiques of the paper in detail.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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