2007 Final Question 3B

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2007 Final Question 3B

Postby Paul Adkisson 1D » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:25 pm

Hey, this question asks for an MO diagram of NO+. In the answer to this question, Nitrogen's 2p orbitals have 3 electrons and Oxygen's 2p orbitals also have 3(as opposed to its normal 4) electrons. Why is the electron lost from the Oxygen (the more electronegative atom)?

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Re: 2007 Final Question 3B

Postby Vivian Wang 3J » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:03 pm

Higher electronegativity means lower energy level. Removing an electron from oxygen would require less energy than removing an electron from nitrogen.

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Re: 2007 Final Question 3B

Postby Paul Adkisson 1D » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:24 pm

Right so, since Oxygen is the more electronegative atom, it would make sense for Nitrogen to lose its electron. But in the solution, Oxygen loses the electron instead. (Am I missing something?)


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