# How many pi bonds are there in a triple bond?

Feb 27, 2017

$1 \sigma + 2 \pi$

There are 2 pi bonds.

#### Explanation:

A chemical (covalent) bond is always made of one sigma bond. They then can have extra pi bonds around the central sigma bond, forming double or triple bonds.

A double bond will have a sigma and a pi bond: $1 \sigma + 1 \pi$

A triple bond would have $1 \sigma + 2 \pi$

A quadruple bond would have $1 \sigma + 3 \pi$, and so on.