Homework 2B.21

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Homework 2B.21

Postby 905092269 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:19 pm

Can someone please explain how I would answer this question? "Hypochlorous acid, HClO, is found in white blood cells, where it helps to destroy bacteria. Write two Lewis structures with different atom arrangements for HClO and select the most likely structure by identifying the structure with formal charges closest to zero. Consider only structures with single bonds"

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Re: Homework 2B.21

Postby MinaChoi_3H » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:48 pm

You can write two Lewis structures by changing which atom is the central atom, so one structure will have Cl as the central atom, and the other structure will have O as the central atom. The most likely structure will be the one where the atom with lowest ionization energy is the central atom.

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Re: Homework 2B.21

Postby Elena Saab 4A » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:32 pm

Additionally, if you write out both structures and calculate the formal charge (whichever has a 0 formal charge). The molecule with zero formal charge is the most stable structure, which is why it would be more likely to exist.

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Re: Homework 2B.21

Postby Abbey Brandt 4E » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:48 pm

Another recommendation I have for you is to get the Student Solutions Manual that Dr. Lavelle wrote with two others. It is very helpful in detailing solutions and, if you're like me, working backwards from an answer when you can't figure out where to start. I hope this helps!

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