The Covalent Bond in H2

Frank Rioux, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

DOI: 10.1007/s00897010509a


Ruedenberg's approach to bonding in H2 is applied to the two-electron covalent bond in H2. A simplified analysis yields the same conclusion as Ruedenberg's more rigorous treatment; kinetic energy plays a crucial role in chemical bond formation.