Answer to Question #89656 in Inorganic Chemistry for Jai

Question #89656
Explain the paramagnetic nature of oxygen molecule using molecular orbital theory.
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Expert's answer
2019-05-14T03:40:24-0400

The molecule is paramagnetic when it has unpared electron (electrons).

The Lewis structure does not represent these unpared electrons in the oxygen molecule and can not be used to describe paramagnetic properties of oxygen:



The paramangetic nature of oxygen can be explaned by Molecular orbital theory:



We can see that there are two unpared electrons on in the molecule of O2, these unpared electrons determine paramagnetic properties of oxygen.


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