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Ch.1 - Intro to General Chemistry
Ch.2 - Atoms & Elements
Ch.3 - Chemical Reactions
BONUS: Lab Techniques and Procedures
BONUS: Mathematical Operations and Functions
Ch.4 - Chemical Quantities & Aqueous Reactions
Ch.5 - Gases
Ch.6 - Thermochemistry
Ch.7 - Quantum Mechanics
Ch.8 - Periodic Properties of the Elements
Ch.9 - Bonding & Molecular Structure
Ch.10 - Molecular Shapes & Valence Bond Theory
Ch.11 - Liquids, Solids & Intermolecular Forces
Ch.12 - Solutions
Ch.13 - Chemical Kinetics
Ch.14 - Chemical Equilibrium
Ch.15 - Acid and Base Equilibrium
Ch.16 - Aqueous Equilibrium
Ch. 17 - Chemical Thermodynamics
Ch.18 - Electrochemistry
Ch.19 - Nuclear Chemistry
Ch.20 - Organic Chemistry
Ch.22 - Chemistry of the Nonmetals
Ch.23 - Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds

Solution: Why is O2 paramagnetic?

Problem

Why is O2 paramagnetic?

Solution

We are being asked why O2 is paramagnetic. To understand the magnetic properties of molecules, we must look at the distribution of electrons in the orbitals.


Paramagnetism refers to elements or ions that contain at least one unpaired electron, while diamagnetism refers to elements or ions with no unpaired electrons.


Molecular Orbital Theory allows us to predict the distribution of electrons within a molecule. This allows us to predict properties such as bond order, magnetism, and shape


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