Bond Order and Chemical Properties of BF, CO, and N2

@article{Martinie2011BondOA,
  title={Bond Order and Chemical Properties of BF, CO, and N2},
  author={Ryan J. Martinie and Jarred J. Bultema and Mark N. Vander Wal and Brandon J. Burkhart and Douglas A. Vander Griend and Roger L. Dekock},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Education},
  year={2011},
  volume={88},
  pages={1094-1097}
}
The traditional chemical approaches, Lewis electron dot structures and molecular orbital theory, predict the relative bond orders of boron monofluoride, carbon monoxide, and dinitrogen to be BF < CO < N2. This is quantified by quantum mechanical, theoretical studies that show the bond orders to be ∼1.4, ∼2.6, and ∼3.0, respectively. These results also confirm the chemical intuition that the change in bond order is primarily due to the π component. The differences in bond order have a dramatic… 
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