HW 3.49.C

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Alexander Hari 1L
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HW 3.49.C

Postby Alexander Hari 1L » Mon May 14, 2018 8:14 pm

Hi, part C asks for the Lewis structure and Formal charge of CO
I got :C=O::
with a formal charge of 0 on both C and O, however, the answer key gives a formal charge of 1, and -1 with a single bond. Are both answers acceptable or am I breaking any rules with this? Thanks!

Betty Wolkeba section 1L
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Re: HW 3.49.C

Postby Betty Wolkeba section 1L » Mon May 14, 2018 8:31 pm

The net overall charge is 0. The -1 from the C, and the +1 from the O cancel out to give you the overall net charge of the entire compound (-1+1=0). Hope that helps!

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