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Problem 3.59 Part A

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:40 pm
by Iris Shim 1E
How come in the Lewis structure of ClO, why does chlorine only have 7 electrons? How come the octet rule does not have to be fulfilled with ClO?

Re: Problem 3.59 Part A

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:50 pm
by Shannon Wasley 2J
Based on the periodic table, chlorine has seven valence electrons and oxygen has 6 electrons which is equal to 13 valence electrons, illustrating a violation of the octet rule, since it is an odd number of valence electrons. Therefore, chlorine would be without an 8th valence electrons, since there are not enough to fill both oxygen and chlorine.

Re: Problem 3.59 Part A

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:22 pm
by Iris Shim 1E
But how is this molecule able to exist in the first place?

Re: Problem 3.59 Part A

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:54 pm
by Bansi Amin 1D
Isn't ClO an anion?

Re: Problem 3.59 Part A

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:57 pm
by Rana YT 2L
The ion is able to exist only because the extra electron becomes part of another bond