HW: 3.33 part B

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HW: 3.33 part B

Postby Christietan3F » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm

For this Lewis structure, I was just wondering why we put a double bond between oxygen and carbon as opposed to putting a double bond between carbon and one of the chlorine atoms.

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Re: HW: 3.33 part B

Postby Danah Albaaj 1I » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:15 pm

The formal charge of a double bonded oxygen atom is 0, while the formal charge of a double bonded chlorine atom is +1. The formal charge of 0 is more stable and has a lower energy, which is what we want.

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