Arrange the following in order of decreasing bond energy. A blank molecular orbital diagram has been provided to help you.
Rank the fluorine species from highest to lowest bond energy. To rank items as equivalent, overlap them.
Molecular orbital (MO) theory is based in quantum mechanics and treats the orbitals found in a molecule in a manner similar to atomic orbitals in an atom. It successfully accounts for or predicts certain chemical and physical properties more accurately than other bonding theories. The bond energy, bond length, bond order, and magnetism of a molecule can be predicted from its molecular orbital configuration. The electrons available in a molecular species are placed in molecular orbitals following the same rules used in electron configurations: the aufbau principle, Hund's rule, and the Pauli exclusion principle.
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