Problem: One of the excited states of a C2 molecule has the electron configuration: (σ1s)2(σ1s*)2(σ2s)2(σ2s*)1(π2p)4(σ2p)1i) What is the bond order of C2 in this excited state?ii) What is the bond order of C2 in the ground state?iii) How does the bond length in this excited state compare to that in the ground state?

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One of the excited states of a C2 molecule has the electron configuration: 

1s)21s*)22s)22s*)12p)42p)1

i) What is the bond order of C2 in this excited state?

ii) What is the bond order of C2 in the ground state?

iii) How does the bond length in this excited state compare to that in the ground state?

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