HW #3.67b (6th Ed)

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Imelda Mena 3I
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HW #3.67b (6th Ed)

Postby Imelda Mena 3I » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:09 pm


Although this problem is not asking for the Lewis structure I was wondering what the most stable Lewis structure for ClO2 would be? I got Cl as the central atom with the two O at each side. With two double bonds and 3 e- on the Cl. Is this the most stable structure? The solutions show single bonds not double bonds but if you do single bonds, then all three atoms have a formal charge versus the structure with double bonds where all formal charge is 0.

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Re: HW #3.67b (6th Ed)

Postby jonathanjchang2E » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:22 pm

You're right, the ClO2 lewis structure with two double bonds is the most stable.

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Re: HW #3.67b (6th Ed)

Postby Meghanhe1l » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:45 pm

I agree with you. Double bonds would lower the formal charge

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