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Homework 3.95

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:35 pm
by Kelsey Jug 1J
How do we know that the formal charge of CH2 with one bond and one electron pair is -1?

Re: Homework 3.95

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:38 am
by Angela_Pu_3C
If you draw out the whole molecule, you'll see that for a non-central Carbon atom that is attached to the central Carbon with a single bond, the Carbon has a FC=4-(2+3)=-1. The -1 FC of CH2 is based off of the Carbon atom. (The two H atoms each have a FC of 0)