Learn about the molecular orbital diagram for O2 using these free and printable molecular orbital diagram as your reference in understanding the MO of oxygen. A collection of printable MO diagram is available for you to help you study more about the topic. The following diagrams contain the MO of oxygen and you can get the picture by clicking on the image.
Molecular orbital theory describes the distribution of electrons in molecules in much the same way that the distribution of electrons in atoms is described using atomic orbitals. It also provides an explanation of chemical bonding that accounts for the paramagnetism of the oxygen molecule. More molecular orbital diagrams for 02 are provided below.
In order to draw oxygen’s molecular orbital diagram, you need to start by taking a look at what atomic orbitals you have for an oxygen atom, O. As you know, oxygen is located in period 2, group 16 of the periodic table and has an atomic number equal to 8. This means that the electron configuration of a neutral oxygen atom must account for 8 electrons. The molecular orbital diagram for an O2 molecule would therefore ignore the 1s electrons on both oxygen atoms and concentrate on the interactions between the 2s and 2p valence orbitals.
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