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Formal charges on structures

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:00 pm
by Jamie Lee 1H
When creating Lewis structures of lowest energy, do you want the most formal charges to be 0 and if there is a charge forit to be on the element that is the most electronegative?

Re: Formal charges on structures

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:05 pm
by Aliya Jain 2B
Yes, the best structures have elements with 0 formal charge. If not, the most electronegative element should carry the negative formal charge.

Re: Formal charges on structures

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:12 pm
by Siya Shah 1J
Yes, the most stable resonance structures or Lewis diagrams in general include as many formal charges of 0 as possible.