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So I went to the UA review session on Friday and they discussed using formal charge to determine the best way to draw a Lewis Structure. I've been trying to use that but it isn't working and I keep getting the wrong answer for the homework. Is there a certain time when we should or shouldn't use the formal charge?
We should always use formal charge but remember that the sum of the formal charges of all the atoms should equal the charge of the compound. Check that the octet rule is satisfied and keep in mind that certain elements can have expanded or incomplete octets too.
Calculating the Formal Charge is a great way to check if the molecule has the correct structure and the correct charge its supposed to have as well as taking the average of all these different structures get us the resonance which the formal charge is calculated for all the structures.
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