Consider the molecular orbitals of the P2 molecule. Assumethat the MOs of diatomics from the third row of the periodictable are analogous to those from the second row. (a) Whichvalence atomic orbitals of P are used to construct the MOs ofP2? (b) The figure that follows shows a sketch of one of theMOs for P2. What is the label for this MO? (c) For the P2 molecule,how many electrons occupy the MO in the figure? (d) IsP2 expected to be diamagnetic or paramagnetic?

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Consider the molecular orbitals of the P2 molecule. Assume
that the MOs of diatomics from the third row of the periodic
table are analogous to those from the second row. (a) Which
valence atomic orbitals of P are used to construct the MOs of
P2? (b) The figure that follows shows a sketch of one of the
MOs for P2. What is the label for this MO? (c) For the P2 molecule,
how many electrons occupy the MO in the figure? (d) Is
P2 expected to be diamagnetic or paramagnetic?

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