Arrangement of Atoms

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Lilyana Villa 1J
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Arrangement of Atoms

Postby Lilyana Villa 1J » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:37 pm

How is formal charge used to predict the arrangement of atoms in a molecule?

Sarah Nichols 4C
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Re: Arrangement of Atoms

Postby Sarah Nichols 4C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:41 pm

A molecule is most stable when all of the atoms have the lowest possible formal charge. If you think you have found the correct structure, check formal charges and if they are mostly 0 or +/-1 to 2, that is an indication that your structure is correct

Anish Patel 4B
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Re: Arrangement of Atoms

Postby Anish Patel 4B » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:42 pm

Lewis structures with formal charges of each atom that are closest to 0 represent the lowest energy arrangement of the atoms and electrons within a molecule. So, the lowest formal charges of a molecule are typically more representative of the true nature of that molecule.

Shrayes Raman
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Re: Arrangement of Atoms

Postby Shrayes Raman » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:58 pm

Molecules want to be in their most stable form. This is achieved when the individual atoms have their lowest formal charge.

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