Is #C_2^-# paramagnetic or diamagnetic?

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May 27, 2016

Answer:

We have 13 electrons -- six from each carbon atom plus one more for the negative charge. With an odd number at least one is unpaired. Thus #"C"_2^-# is paramagnetic.

Explanation:

As you likely know, paramagnetism comes from unpaired electrons aligning their spin with a magnetic field. For typical molecular species this is the prediminant magnetic interaction -- if we can find an unpaired electron.