When making an M.O. diagram of 2 elements, where one has z<8 and the other one has z>/=8 how do you know which diagram t

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When making an M.O. diagram of 2 elements, where one has z<8 and the other one has z>/=8 how do you know which diagram t

Postby Colette Ussery 3L » Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:25 pm

When making an M.O. diagram of 2 elements, where one has z<8 and the other one has z>/=8 how do you know which diagram to use?
For example in textbook problem 4.57b I made an M.O. diagram of NO+, and in the solutions manual they used the z<8 M.O. diagram, even though oxygen has an atomic number of 8. Is it a rule that you should use the the M.O. diagram of whatever element has a lower atomic number? Thanks

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Re: When making an M.O. diagram of 2 elements, where one has z<8 and the other one has z>/=8 how do you know which diagr

Postby Catherine_L_1C » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:09 pm

To my understanding, with heteronuclear molecules with 1 atom being z>8 and the other z<8, you should be using the z<8 diagram. Page 111 of the course reader references this!



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