Textbook Problem 2C.3

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Textbook Problem 2C.3

Postby Megan Singer 3D » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:59 am

Why is the H bonded to an O atom and not the central Cl atom in this Lewis structure?

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Re: Textbook Problem 2C.3

Postby OwenSumter_2F » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:40 am

It has to do with the chemical formula and composition. In this example, the H connects to the O for some reason, maybe it was already in a molecule with it and two molecules joined or because it is forming a Hydrogen bond, but it does not always have to bond with the central atom.

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Re: Textbook Problem 2C.3

Postby Connie Liang 3L » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:35 pm

OwenSumter_3D wrote:It has to do with the chemical formula and composition. In this example, the H connects to the O for some reason, maybe it was already in a molecule with it and two molecules joined or because it is forming a Hydrogen bond, but it does not always have to bond with the central atom.


Do you think it would be considered inaccurate if we drew the hydrogen connected to the central atom?

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Re: Textbook Problem 2C.3

Postby OwenSumter_2F » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:57 pm

You would have to find the formal charge to see what has the lowest formal charge, which is what you want.


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