Problem: The ionosphere lies about 100 km above Earth’s surface. This layer of the atmosphere consists mostly of NO, O2, and N2, and photoionization creates NO +, O 2+, and N 2+. Use MO theory to compare the bond orders of the molecules and ions.

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Recall: The bond order determines the stability of a molecule based on it's molecular orbital diagram.

A positive bond order means there are more electrons in the bonding molecular orbitals than in antibonding molecular orbitals. The greater the bond order, the stronger the bond.

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The ionosphere lies about 100 km above Earth’s surface. This layer of the atmosphere consists mostly of NO, O2, and N2, and photoionization creates NO +, O 2+, and N 2+. Use MO theory to compare the bond orders of the molecules and ions.

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