HW 3.45

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HW 3.45

Postby ElizabethP1L » Thu May 24, 2018 12:29 am

Hi, everyone! I understand how to get the Lewis structure for ClNO2. Was I don't understand is why the solution manual only shows two resonance structures of it. One consists of the double bond of O to the left of N and the other shows the double bond of O above N. Why is there not a third resonance structure with the double bond of O to the right of N? Thanks in advance!

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Re: HW 3.45

Postby Faisal Alshamaa - 1L » Thu May 24, 2018 1:34 am

I think you misread the formula. There are only two O atoms, one to the left and one above it, there is no O to the right of it (instead, its Cl). Having a double bond on the Cl would mess up all the formal charges! Hopefully that helps and I hope I didn't misread your question :)

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