MO: Molecular Orbital
AO: Atomic Orbital
The number of MO's formed from AO's totals the number of reacting AO's
2 AO's form 2 MO's – 1 bonding MO & 1 antibonding MO
How does this happen?
Bonding MO's are formed by constructive interference between AO's and antibonding MO's by destructive interference between AO's.
To form both a bonding and antibonding MO this suggests the AO's must be simultaneously constructively and destructively interfering which doesn't make sense.
Have I misinterpreted this concept?