## A tip for calculating formal charge [ENDORSED]

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

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### A tip for calculating formal charge  [ENDORSED]

Instead of counting each dot and dividing bonds by two, a tip I learned was just to count each component. one dot/ one line= one component. then subtract that from the valence electrons.

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### Re: A tip for calculating formal charge

I️ agree with this tip! It helps to prevent errors in calculation which can ruin your Lewis structure

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### Re: A tip for calculating formal charge

This FC shortcut is very important to use when you get to chem 14C where your time is limited!!!!!!!!!