2011 Final Q5B: Lewis Structure

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Kellie Inouye 1F
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2011 Final Q5B: Lewis Structure

Postby Kellie Inouye 1F » Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:44 pm

The Lewis structure for the product (ClSO2) of the second reaction is drawn in the solution with a double bond between the S and one O, and single bonds between the S and the other O and the S and the Cl. At the bottom of the solution, it is stated that the SO2 Lewis structure with double bonds connecting both O atoms to the S atom is acceptable. Is it also acceptable to have both O atoms connected to the S atom by double bonds in the ClSO2 molecule?

vidish
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Re: 2011 Final Q5B: Lewis Structure

Postby vidish » Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:59 pm

you can do that but that won't be the most stable structure as the formal charge of S would no longer be 0.

Alexander Vong 3I
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Re: 2011 Final Q5B: Lewis Structure

Postby Alexander Vong 3I » Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:17 pm

Additionally, the Cl would not be able to fit in, as the S would have a full octet.

But wait...S can break the octet rule...


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