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Imagine a number of elements with known emission-spectra, that form a primary chemical bond of either
* ionic
* covalent
* metallic
type.
Does the emission-spectrum of the resulting molecule match the sum of spectra of its components(the elements)? Why/Why not?

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  • $\begingroup$ Atoms have their distinctive spectra molecules have extra transitions to their components. see chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/General_Chemistry/… $\endgroup$ – anna v Sep 6 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ Since the molecule is a bunch of atoms stuck together using their electrons, why would it seem unusual for those electrons to now have different energy levels? $\endgroup$ – Jon Custer Sep 6 at 17:46

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