Problem: Which of the period 2 homonuclear diatomic molecules are predicted to be paramagnetic?

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Recall that for:

• diamagnetic: all of the electrons are paired

• paramagnetic: at least one electron is unpaired


Homonuclear diatomic molecules in Period 2:

  • N2, O2, F2


Two types of MO diagrams:


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Which of the period 2 homonuclear diatomic molecules are predicted to be paramagnetic?

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