Chemistry: Molecular Orbital Electronic Configs.

The bond order can be calculated by adding the number of bonding electrons and dividing by 2, then subtracting the number of antibonding electrons and dividing by 2. In this case, the bond order for B2- would be 0.5. In summary, for B2-, the molecular orbital electronic configuration is (σ1s)2 (σ*1s)2 (σ2s)2 (σ*2s)2 (π2py)2 (π2pz)1, and the bond order is 0.5.
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Hi,
I'm having a lot of trouble with the following question.

Write molecular orbital electronic configurations for each of the species listed below. Calculate the bond order in each case.

a) B2-

...

Answer:
(σ1s)2 (σ*1s)2 (σ2s)2 (σ*2s)2 (π2py)2 (π2pz)1



If anyone can tell me how to obtain this answer, I would be very happy.
Thanks.
 
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Related to Chemistry: Molecular Orbital Electronic Configs.

1. What is the purpose of studying molecular orbital electronic configurations in chemistry?

The study of molecular orbital electronic configurations helps us understand the electronic structure and properties of molecules. It also allows us to predict and explain the reactivity of molecules and their interactions with other substances.

2. How are molecular orbital electronic configurations different from atomic electronic configurations?

In atomic electronic configurations, electrons are arranged in orbitals around a single atom. In molecular orbital electronic configurations, electrons are shared between two or more atoms in a molecule, resulting in the formation of molecular orbitals.

3. What factors affect the stability of molecular orbital electronic configurations?

The factors that affect the stability of molecular orbital electronic configurations include the number of electrons in the molecule, the energy levels of the orbitals, and the spatial arrangement of the orbitals.

4. Can molecular orbital electronic configurations be used to predict the properties of a molecule?

Yes, the electronic configuration of a molecule can provide information about its properties such as stability, reactivity, and polarity.

5. How is the molecular orbital electronic configuration of a molecule determined?

The molecular orbital electronic configuration of a molecule is determined by using theoretical models and computational methods, such as the molecular orbital theory and the Hartree-Fock method, to calculate the energy levels and distribution of electrons in the molecule.

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