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Nuclei Location in MOs: Sigma s Bonding

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The sketches below illustrate the ${ \sigma }_{ 2s }$ molecular orbital formed by the addition of two ${ 2s }$ atomic orbitals.

In which of these sketches are the nuclei of the atoms (the red dots) correctly located?

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A

Sketch A

B

Sketch B

C

Sketch C

D

Sketch D