Most stable lewis

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Diego Gonzalez 3F
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Most stable lewis

Postby Diego Gonzalez 3F » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:35 pm

How do we know which resonance structure is the most stable? Can you do it by just looking at the lewis structures?

Anushi Patel 1J
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Re: Most stable lewis

Postby Anushi Patel 1J » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:42 pm

All resonance structures by definition are equally likely to occur, so they're all equally stable. To decide what Lewis structure in general is the most stable for a molecule, use the formal charges. The Lewis structure with the most formal charges of 0 is the most stable.

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