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Formal charge of ClO2-

Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:34 pm
by Isabella Barkett 1G
Is the compound drawn as Cl-O-O or O-Cl-O?

Re: Formal charge of ClO2-

Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 1:40 pm
by Jack Martinyan 1L
I found a video that goes through the step by step process of identifying the formal charge and drawing the lewis structure for ClO2-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTKW7nDzVCA

Re: Formal charge of ClO2-  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:09 pm
by Hope_Pham_1G
ClO2 is drawn O-Cl-O.

Re: Formal charge of ClO2-

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 12:01 am
by Jade Corpus-Sapida 1G
Also, just remember that the least electronegative element is the central one. In this case, Cl is less electronegative than oxygen.

Re: Formal charge of ClO2-

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 2:29 am
by Steven Luong 1E
The least electronegative element is the central atom in the molecule. Cl is less electronegative than oxygen, therefore it will be the central atom.