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:
Use the molecular orbital diagram shown to determine which of the following is most stable.
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