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Calculate bond order of oxygen molecule. List all the information provided by the bond about this molecule.

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Diatomic Oxygen O2  has  2s² 2p^4  Orbital  valence configuration.

Therefore the bond order of oxygen = 1/2 (number of bonding electrons - number of non-bonding electrons)
             = 1/2 (6 - 2 ) = 2

Bond order 2 means there is sufficiently stong bond affinity between 2 atoms of oxygen 

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