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Subject: why is ozone so unstable?

Date: Thu Sep 20 19:46:23 2001
Posted by mike
Grade level: 7-9 School: preston
City: fort collins State/Province: CO Country: USA
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1001029583.Ch

I read in my physics book that it takes energy to break a chemical bond 
such as Oxygen.  What I dont understand is why Ozone breaks up into 
diatomic Oxygen and monoatomic Oxygen without using some form of energy.
If Ozone needs alot of energy to break apart, where does the energy come 

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