Unpaired Electrons

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Hailey Kim 4G
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Unpaired Electrons

Postby Hailey Kim 4G » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:53 pm

If you have a compound like ClO, which has 13 valence electrons, why would chlorine have the unpaired electron and not oxygen? What determines which atom gets the unpaired electron?

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Re: Unpaired Electrons

Postby Christineg1G » Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:22 pm

I had trouble figuring out why this occurred as well, but I found a post made by Dr. Lavelle a few years ago on Chemistry Community stating, "It seems that the correct answer is based off molecular orbital arguments that are outside of the scope of this course."
Hope this helps!


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