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**Problem**: What is the bond order of Li2−? Is Li2− paramagnetic or diamagnetic?

###### FREE Expert Solution

###### FREE Expert Solution

We’re being asked to **determine the bond order** of **Li _{2}^{–}**. For this, we need to do the following steps:

*Step 1:* Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

*Step 2:* Draw the molecular orbital diagram.

*Step 3:* Calculate the bond order of the molecule/ion. Recall that the formula for ** bond order** is:

$\overline{){\mathbf{Bond}}{\mathbf{}}{\mathbf{Order}}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{2}}\mathbf{[}\mathbf{\#}\mathbf{}\mathbf{of}\mathbf{}{\mathbf{e}}^{\mathbf{-}}\mathbf{}\mathbf{in}\mathbf{}\mathbf{bonding}\mathbf{}\mathbf{MO}\mathbf{-}\mathbf{\#}\mathbf{}\mathbf{of}\mathbf{}{\mathbf{e}}^{\mathbf{-}}\mathbf{}\mathbf{in}\mathbf{}\mathbf{antibonding}\mathbf{}\mathbf{MO}\mathbf{]}}$

###### Problem Details

What is the bond order of Li_{2}^{−}?

Is Li_{2}^{−} paramagnetic or diamagnetic?

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