Charge and Structures

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KC Navarro_1H
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Charge and Structures

Postby KC Navarro_1H » Sat May 12, 2018 2:55 pm

When you find the charge of each atom in a molecule, should the sum of the formal charges match the charge of the molecule? Will this always happen or are there any exceptions?

Jasmine Emtage-1J
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Re: Charge and Structures

Postby Jasmine Emtage-1J » Sat May 12, 2018 3:48 pm

Yes, the formal charges on each of the atoms in the molecule should add up to the overall charge of the molecule. I don't know of any exceptions, but there might be some?

Samantha Draghi 1L
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Re: Charge and Structures

Postby Samantha Draghi 1L » Sun May 13, 2018 3:05 pm

I would not think that there are any exceptions so I would try to always arrange your Lewis structure so that the formal charges match the charge of the molecule


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