MO diagrams for ions

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Mikaela Gareeb 3G
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MO diagrams for ions

Postby Mikaela Gareeb 3G » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:19 am

If you are given an ion such as NO+ and are told to draw the MO diagram for it, which atom would the electron be taken from? Would the N have one less electron because it is less electronegative than O and therefore able to lose an electron more easily?

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Re: MO diagrams for ions

Postby vsyacoubian2A » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:05 am

Lewis structures can really help in these situations to see which atoms lose or gain electrons. Try creating a stable lewis structure for NO+. You will see that oxygen loses an electron and obtains a 1+ charge while being triple bonded to nitrogen. Both have a lone pair of electrons.

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Re: MO diagrams for ions

Postby Gianna Zufall 3G » Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:11 pm

Oxygen is triple bonded to the nitrogen atom, and it loses an electron in this instance.

Ashley Bertholf 1E
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Re: MO diagrams for ions

Postby Ashley Bertholf 1E » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:12 pm

In MO diagrams, is it required that we always include the atomic orbitals?

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