orbital symmetry

orbital symmetry

[′ȯr·bəd·əl ′sim·ə·trē]
(physical chemistry)
The property of certain molecular orbitals of being carried into themselves or into the negative of themselves by certain geometrical operations, such as a rotation of 180° about an axis in the plane of the molecule, or reflection through this plane.
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Carbonyl chemistry, carboxylic acid derivatives, and carbohydrates are discussed before concluding with special topics in biochemistry, orbital symmetry, and intramolecular reactions.