Printable O2 molecular orbital diagrams are available for you to guide your study in the molecular orbital lesson. This diagram is a qualitative descriptive tool explaining chemical bonding in molecules in terms of a molecular orbital theory in general and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) molecular orbital method in particular. Check out the following example of O2 MO diagram below!
In molecular orbital theory, a certain number of atomic orbitals combine to form the same number of molecular orbitals, although the electrons involved may be redistributed among the orbitals. MO diagrams explain why some molecules exist and others do not. By looking at the O2 molecular orbital diagram, we can see that oxygen has BO of 2 because it has 10 bonding and 6 anti-bonding.
Experiments show that each O2 molecule has two unpaired electrons. We can also notice the magnetic property of diamagnetic or paramagnetic. If all the electrons are paired, there is a slight repulsion and it is classified as diamagnetic. If unpaired electrons are present, it is attracted to a magnetic field, and therefore paramagnetic. Oxygen is an example of a paramagnetic diatomic. Also, notice the bond order of diatomic oxygen is two in the following diagrams below.
The diagrams that we provided above are the MO diagrams of O2. All of the diagrams above are free and printable. With these diagrams, hopefully, you will get better knowledge and information about the orbital energy diagrams! Find more interesting and educative diagrams in our site by browsing up our category!