Formal Charges

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JukaKim_1D
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Formal Charges

Postby JukaKim_1D » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:55 pm

Today, the TA substituting for class mentioned formal charges. What does formal charges have to do with organic molecules? does it determine which molecule bonds with which elements?

Mya Majewski 1L
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Re: Formal Charges

Postby Mya Majewski 1L » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:40 pm

I believe you would use formal charge to find out if it becomes positive or negatively charged.

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Re: Formal Charges

Postby Tara 2K » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:59 pm

Some of the organic chemistry problems in ch. 4 require you to draw lewis structures (ex. SCN-) so you need to know formal charges to be able to draw these. That may be another reason why she mentioned it.


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