We are asked to determine what will happen to the Cl-Cl bond in Cl2 when it is compressed (pressure is increased) given the diagram:
The diagram shows that at 2.0 Å Cl-Cl bond is formed.
The following plot shows the potential energy of two Cl atoms as a function of the distance between them.
If the Cl2 molecule is compressed under higher and higher pressure, does the Cl-Cl bond become stronger or weaker?
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