HW 2.61

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HW 2.61

Postby mayarivers3I » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:00 pm

It asks us to draw the lewis structure for the compound HOCO. Why does the answer key have the lewis structure as H-O-C--O with a radical on the carbon and two lone pairs on the oxygens instead of H-O--C--O with one lone pair on the first oxygen and two lone pairs on the second oxygen?
(-- means double bond)

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Re: HW 2.61

Postby Matt Sanruk 2H » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:14 pm

I think this is done to keep the formal charge 0

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