6th Edition, Problem 3.33

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Hai-Lin Yeh 1J
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6th Edition, Problem 3.33

Postby Hai-Lin Yeh 1J » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:13 pm

3.33: Write the Lewis structure of (a)CCl4; (b)COCl2; (c) ONF; (d)NF3
For 3.33 c, Nitrogen is the central atom because it has the lowest electron affinity, but does it matter if Oxygen and Fluorine are placed on the left or right? For example, if Oxygen was on the left versus right, is one more correct or it doesn't matter?

For 3.33b, does it also matter if you place oxygen below Carbon instead of above?

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Re: 6th Edition, Problem 3.33

Postby Samantha Kwock 1D » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:54 pm

The placement of the other atoms around the central atom shouldn't matter because Lewis structures are only 2-D models of bonding. In 3-D space, the molecule will take on a specific structure that will dictate the placement of the atoms.

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