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Use the molecular orbital diagram shown to determine which of the following is most stable.
We’re being asked which species is the most stable. For this, we need to determine the bond order for each species. The bond order tells us the stability of a bond: a higher bond order means the bond is more stable.
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: