2b. 23

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Doris Cho 1D
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2b. 23

Postby Doris Cho 1D » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:07 pm

when it asks which structure most likely to, what does it mean? "most likely to...?" I know which it's the one where the formal charges are closest to zero but what exactly and i trying to find?

Ixcel Guzman 4A
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Re: 2b. 23

Postby Ixcel Guzman 4A » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:40 pm

Im not sure what problem you are referring to because 2b. 23 asks to "Determine the formal charge on each atom in the following molecules. Identify the structure of lower energy in each pair."

Ashley Wang 4G
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Re: 2b. 23

Postby Ashley Wang 4G » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:10 pm

Assuming you're referring to either 2B.21 or 2B.22, i think finding the "most likely" structure just means finding the most stable (formal charges closest to zero, negative FC carried by the outer atoms, etc) resonance structure and therefore the one expected to contribute the most to the actual hybrid structure.

Hope this helped!

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