Discussion: Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital Theory

This module discusses two major theories that chemists use to understand molecular structure and function: Valence Bond Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory. In this discussion, we will compare and contrast the two theories.

Answer the following questions:

  1. Why do we use/learn multiple theories to explain this one thing?
  2. Explain one difference between the theories.
  3. Explain one similarity between the theories.
  4. Which do you personally prefer and why?
  5. Respond thoughtfully to another poster who prefers the opposite theory as you do.