What does the formal charge tell us?

$FC=V-(L+\frac{S}{2})$

Jennifer1E
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What does the formal charge tell us?

I understand that the formal charge indicates gain or loss of electrons, so does this mean that if I get a formal charge of +1 then 1 electron has been loss? Can I get clarification.

alexis castro 1B
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Re: What does the formal charge tell us?

Yes when you get a charge of +1 an electron has been lost but most important formal charge tells us which lewis structure is the most stable.

504754253
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Re: What does the formal charge tell us?

Yes, so if the charge is + it loses , and - it gains

904571591
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Re: What does the formal charge tell us?

I think it can judge the ability to loss or absorb electrons, and how many electrons can the atom or group loss or absorb.