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Homework Problem 3.65

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:01 pm
by tmehrazar
i understand the problem, but how are we supposed to know the oxygens get double bonded in the lewis structures?

Re: Homework Problem 3.65

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:39 pm
by jessicasam
As a general statement, oxygen is most stable when it has 2 bonded pairs and 2 lone pairs. For these structures, they break the octet rule because Xe can have more than 8 valence electrons. Giving oxygen a double bond in order to use all the electrons is the most stable way to draw these structures.

Re: Homework Problem 3.65

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 10:16 pm
by Yadira Flores 1G
I would try and remember that Oxygen usually tends to make two bonds in order to acquire the formal charge of zero

Re: Homework Problem 3.65

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 10:41 pm
by Maria Roman 1A
the double bonds in oxygen would give a more stable lewis structure