I am very pleased to have found this place. I have been reading the posts here and both patrons and moderators seem knowledgeable. I have just a couple of questions that input would be appreciated on. My knowledge is basic (I only have 2 or 3 books on the subject and after thorough reading none answer my question sufficiently) so please bare with me.
1.) I am not sure if i understand this concept correctly, or if there is more to it. Elements starting at the left of the table in a particular row get progressivly smaller as you move towards the right despite the additional neutrons and protons. I understand that this is largley because of the larger electrostatic force generated by the nucleus, but is this the whole story?
It seems there must be some addition force at work here. Along similar lines with cations and anions. If an atom loses an electron the corresponding cation is smaller due to the larger electrostatic force being distributed over the rest of the atom and the opposite for the anion.
2.) Anti-bonding?? I dont understand this at all. Is there an anti-bonding pair for every single bonding pair? If so is this exclusive for sigma or pi bonds?
Any info you all could shed on this would be fantastic!