ClF4+ Lewis Structure

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Aman Sankineni 2L
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ClF4+ Lewis Structure

Postby Aman Sankineni 2L » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:15 pm

Why does the lewis structure for ClF4+ place a formal charge of -1 on the central Cl atom when you could double bond one of the F atoms and move the formal charge of -1 to one of the non-central atoms?

Callum Guo 1H
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Re: ClF4+ Lewis Structure

Postby Callum Guo 1H » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:20 pm

I think F only forms only single bonds because of its electronegativity

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Re: ClF4+ Lewis Structure

Postby zoedfinch1K » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:29 pm

Callum Guo 1A wrote:I think F only forms only single bonds because of its electronegativity


Additionally, emember that F isn't one of the atoms that can have an expanded octet so moving a lone pair from Cl to form a double bond with F wouldn't work.


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