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Paramagnetic Elements

Which of the following species would you expect to be paramagnetic? Briefly explain the answers using molecular orbital energy level diagrams or molecular orbital electron configurations.
N2, N2-, N2+, O2, N2^2- O2+, O2-, O2^2-

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What you need to show for this discussion is the 2p orbital system... The 1s and the 2s are filled (using 8 electrons)

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sigma anti-bonding

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pi anti-bonding (degenerate)

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This solution involves a discussion of paramagnetic elements using molecular orbital energy level diagrams and molecular orbital electron configurations.

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