Odd Number of V e-

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Malik Oda 1F
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Odd Number of V e-

Postby Malik Oda 1F » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:30 am

If I have an odd number of valence electrons how do I determine which molecule to put the extra electron onto? Would it be the most electronegative molecule?

Brooke Yasuda 2J
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Re: Odd Number of V e-

Postby Brooke Yasuda 2J » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:34 am

Yes, when there is an odd number of valance electrons, you want to follow the same bonding conventions as usual and put negative charges on the most electronegative atoms

EmilyJoo_1G
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Re: Odd Number of V e-

Postby EmilyJoo_1G » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:29 pm

You can also determine which molecule to put the extra electron on to by using the formal charge.

Robert Tran 1B
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Re: Odd Number of V e-

Postby Robert Tran 1B » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:44 pm

You would need to calculate the formal charges of the atoms and add the single electron to the atom that would make all of the formal charges closest to zero.


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