Problem: Use the molecular orbital diagram shown to determine which of the following is most stable.A) N22+ B) B2C) B22+D) C22-E) C22+ 

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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 bonda 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:



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

A) N22+ 

B) B2

C) B22+

D) C22-

E) C22+

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