Printable examples of molecular orbital diagram for o2 are available as reference when you are learning about the chemical bonding in molecules. A molecular orbital diagram, or MO diagram, is a qualitative descriptive tool explaining chemical bonding in molecules in terms of molecular orbital theory in general and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) molecular orbital method in particular. The following MO diagrams are for oxygen. To make the chemical bonding easier for you, study the example diagram below.
Molecular orbital diagrams are diagrams of molecular orbital (MO) energy levels, shown as short horizontal lines in the center, flanked by constituent atomic orbital (AO) energy levels for comparison, with the energy levels increasing from the bottom to the top. Lines, often dashed diagonal lines, connect MO levels with their constituent AO levels. O theory uses the combination of atomic orbitals to yield molecular orbitals that are delocalized over the entire molecule rather than being localized on its constituent atoms. Study about the bonding and the diatomic molecule in the following molecular orbital diagram for o2.
To construct a MO for a diatomic molecule, you must first write down the atomic orbitals of each atom and organize them by energy levels. For instance, for O2 you write down all the atomic orbitals (which are 2p and 2s orbitals) and list them from highest (on top) to lowest energy levels. In oxygen, four electrons in the lowest levels, sigma-1 and sigma*-2 (bonding and antibonding), two in sigma-3, four in two equivalent pi orbitals (all bonding) and two – unpaired – in two equivalent pi* (antibonding).
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