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Solution: Which of the following diatomic molecules has the shortest bond length?A) N2B) O2C) F2D) Cl2E) Br2

Problem

Which of the following diatomic molecules has the shortest bond length?

A) N2

B) O2

C) F2

D) Cl2

E) Br2

Solution

We are being asked to determine which of the given diatomic molecules has the shortest bond length.


The bond energy determines the strength of the bond in a compound.

▪ the higher the bond energy, the higher is the energy required to break up the molecule/compound into its individual atoms
higher bond energy higher bond strength


The bond strength also determines the distance between the atoms


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