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HW Question 2C5

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:43 pm
by A Raab 1K
For a, draw the Lewis structure of (a) chlorine monoxide, ClO
I drew the molecule as
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O=Cl .
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Why isn't this correct?
The correct answer according to the answer key is
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:O - Cl .
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but I don't understand how this is correct, because the formal charges are not 0 for this answer, but are 0 in my answer.

Re: HW Question 2C5

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:24 am
by Ariel Davydov 1C
I also struggled with this problem, and after searching it up, I believe your structure is the actual correct structure and that there is an error in the solutions manual, as using the formal charge of the elements would tell us that your structure is the lowest energy state of the molecule.

Re: HW Question 2C5

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:23 pm
by nicolely2F
Chlorine monoxide is a radical so it's going to have instability