Asked Dec 29, 2019

Why oxygen molecules are considered to be paramagnetic?


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Step 1

Electrons not only go around the atom in their orbitals, they also spin, which creates a magnetic field. Unpaired electrons spin in the same direction as each other, which increases the magnetic field effect.

The reason that it is paramagnetic is because the oxygen molecule has two unpaired electrons.

Step 2

molecular orbital diagram of O...

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