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Lewis's theory is satisfactory to explain bonding in the ionic compound , but it does not readily explain the formation of the ionic compounds potassium superoxide, , and potassium peroxide, (a) Show that molecular orbital theory can provide this explanation.
(1a) First, write the molecular orbital configuration of as shown below:
The given molecule has a total of 17 valence electrons and these electrons are assigned to the available molecular orbitals as shown below:
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