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Homework Help: Trends in bond energy

  1. May 20, 2016 #1
    Edit: thread moved by mod from non technical forum, hence lack of the template.

    Using arguments from MO theory, state why the trends in homonuclear bond energies for rows 1 and 3 of the periodic table in graph D differ so markedly.

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    State, with reasons, whether Si or Ge has the higher electronegativity

    So I know that the bond energies in general tend to increase across the period as the atoms get smaller and there is better orbital overlap. I also understand that N/O/F have extra repulsion dues to the fact that π* orbitals are more anti bonding than π orbitals are bonding due to asymmetry in the MO diagrams so they are all weaker than expected. However why is this effect only seen in row 1 and not in row 3?
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  3. May 25, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
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